Ticona: New compounding unit in Nanjing

Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, intends to build a compounding unit at the Celanese chemical complex in Nanjing, China. 15,000 tonnes of product will be compounded here annually for the Asian market starting from 2009.

“The new compounding unit is further proof that Ticona is committed to Asia. Now we will be closer to our customers here in this region, too,” explains Roeland Polet, Vice President Ticona. “We offer customers everywhere grades that are identical in terms of performance characteristics and specifications.”

“Close collaboration between the technical personnel at the planned application development center in Shanghai and the compounding unit will let us realize additional synergies,” says Lindsey Deal, Director Asia Business Development at Ticona. “This will enable us to transfer applications from other regions of the world, allowing us to develop new solutions for Asian markets.”

The new plant will go into operation in the first quarter of 2009, producing compounds for the high-performance polymers from Ticona – including Vectra® liquid crystal polymer (LCP), Hostaform® polyoxymethylene copolymer (POM), Celanex® thermoplastic polyester (PBT), Riteflex® thermoplastic polyester elastomers (TPC-ET), Vandar® thermoplastic polyester blends (PBT) and Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). The company already has compounding facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

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