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Celanese begins production at new Singapore VAE emulsions unit

Monday, 26 September 2016

Continuing the company’s strategy to add production facilities close to growing demand, Celanese Corporation has begun production in its newest vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) production unit.

Skyline of Singapore. Source: Andrea Damann/pixelio.de

Skyline of Singapore. Source: Andrea Damann/pixelio.de

The unit is located at the Celanese manufacturing facility on Jurong Island, Singapore, and will support the growing demand for ecologically friendly materials in the Southeast Asia region including Australia, India and New Zealand.

Southeast Asia is leading construction demand

The Singapore location’s proximity to raw material suppliers offers excellent transportation logistics and gives Celanese the opportunity to increase production capacity to supply more high-demand, high-quality VAE emulsions products in Singapore as well as across Asia, an area focusing on low-emission products and production.

"Southeast Asia and India are leading the world’s construction demand – especially for infrastructure projects – which drives the region’s heavy demand for important materials such as VAE,” said Mark Oberle, Celanese senior vice president and head of Asia operations. "Over the last two decades, Celanese has focused on developing our VAE expertise and a reliable foundation in Singapore so Celanese can be the first-choice, long-term partner for manufacturers across Asia.”

Great place to do business

Celanese VAE technology produces clean, ecologically friendly, water-based emulsions that the building, construction and paper industries worldwide use to meet quality, marketing and economic goals. Manufacturers use VAE to produce environmentally friendly products including paints, architectural coatings, carpet backings and adhesives for woodworking and paper packaging as well as apparel and textile finishing. One of the highest-demand products is Celanese’s "EcoVae", an emulsion that can be formulated into low-odor and low-to-near-zero VOC interior paints and coatings. The product addresses formulation and regulatory concerns and appeals to environmentally-conscious consumers.

"Singapore has been a great place to do business, and we are committed to our people and the environment in the communities where we operate,” said Anna An, commercial director, Acetyl Chain, for Celanese in Asia. "We will continue to share local formulation and application expertise to help our customers in Asia deliver high-value, high-quality products and build on their success.”

Fourth production unit within the Singapore plant

The new unit adds a third facility to the company’s VAE investment in Asia and the fourth production unit within this Singapore plant. The first Celanese VAE unit began production at the company’s Nanjing, China integrated chemical complex, and the second unit started producing VAE emulsions at the same Singapore complex. Celanese announced the groundbreaking of this new Singapore VAE unit in April 2015.

"Asia, especially Southeast Asia, continues to be a bright spot in the global economy and will spur increasing demand for environmentally friendly solutions,” said Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board. "Celanese’s investment reaffirms our value as a strategic hub for companies looking to ride on Asia’s growth, and we look forward to working with Celanese to further advance their manufacturing capabilities.”

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