Emulsions Celanese Sells its Atmospheric Emulsions Unit in Spain to IQOXE

Celanese concluded the sale of its atmospheric (vinyl and acrylics) emulsions unit in La Canonja, Spain. The Tarragona-based petrochemical company IQOXE is acquiring the operation The company is specialized in the production of ethylene oxide, glycols and ethylene oxide derivatives. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Celanese also announced the closure of its VAE emulsions unit at Tarragona site.
Celanese also announced the closure of its VAE emulsions unit at Tarragona site.
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Dallas/USA – Under a multi-year agreement, IQOXE will produce certain emulsions products for which Celanese will continue to remain the channel to market for Mowilith and Celvolit atmospheric emulsions. Celanese launched the sale process for both its atmospheric and VAE (vinyl acetate-ethylene) emulsions production units in Tarragona in March 2015, with the intent to find a credible buyer for both facilities.

The sale intention was driven by a review of Celanese’s overall corporate strategy, which also included an assessment of the company’s global manufacturing facilities. In support of the company’s emulsion polymers business, the manufacturing footprint strategy favors integrated production sites that provide critical economies of scale.

Celanese placed great effort in identifying credible buyers that could ensure sustainable operations, retain employees and meet the financial criteria defined by the company to ensure successful future operations for both emulsions units in Tarragona. However, no credible buyer was found for the VAE emulsions production unit.

Therefore, Celanese also announced the closure of the VAE unit. The consultation process has been concluded with local employee representatives to mitigate the social impact of this closure on the impacted employees. Production at the VAE unit ceased at the end of October. The company will continue to supply its VAE emulsions customers from the company’s European emulsions production network.