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Celanese to Shut Down VAM Production Unit in Cangrejera, Mexico

Published on 2009-02-18. Author : SpecialChem

DALLAS -- Celanese Corporation, a leading global chemical company, announced it will shut down its vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production unit in Cangrejera, Mexico, and cease VAM production at Cangrejera effective end of February 2009.

Following a thorough assessment of the Cangrejera VAM production unit, the company notes that this capacity reduction is necessitated by the significant change in the global economic environment, the cost structure of its VAM unit operations in Cangrejera, and anticipated lower customer demand

The VAM production unit at the company's Cangrejera facility has an annual production capacity of 115,000 tons. The company expects to meet its customer obligations for VAM production from Celanese facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

Celanese's Cangrejera plant will continue to produce other products including acetic anhydride, ethyl acetate, methylamines, acetone derivatives, and mesityl oxide to meet customer commitments in Mexico and other countries.

About Celanese

As a global leader in the chemicals industry, Celanese Corporation makes products essential to everyday living. Our products, found in consumer and industrial applications, are manufactured in North America, Europe and Asia. Net sales totaled $6.8 billion in 2008, with approximately 65% generated outside of North America. Known for operational excellence and execution of its business strategies, Celanese delivers value to customers around the globe with innovations and best-in-class technologies. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company employs approximately 8,350 employees worldwide.

Source: Celanese


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