Celanese Corporation, a global specialty materials company, that engineers and manufactures a wide variety of products essential to everyday living, has decided to expand the production capacity of acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) by bottlenecking projects at the company’s global manufacturing facilities.
The projects being announced include expansion of VAM capacity at Clear Lake, Texas and debottlenecking of global acetic acid and VAM across a global network of acetyls manufacturing plants.
The start-up additional 150kT annual capacity of VAM is on schedule by the fourth quarter of 2018. The total capacity for VAM on completion of additional production capacity at the Clear Lake facility will be 450kT per annum, making it the largest and most efficient VAM plant in the world.
Celanese will implement and translate a series of capital efficient technology-oriented process improvement projects across its unique, global network of acetyls manufacturing plants to add 140kT per annum of acetic acid and 150kT per annum of VAM. This will help Celanese to meet the demand growth, through the year 2020. These proprietary debottlenecking projects will leverage a new generation of Celanese’s AOPlus acetic acid and VAntagePlus VAM manufacturing technologies.
Todd Elliott, senior vice president, Acetyls, said, “Today’s announcement exhibits Celanese’s leading acetyl technology and our continued commitment to innovation and productivity within the acetyl chain. To have the ability to add incremental capacity or production volumes as industry growth requires, and do it with an efficient capital outlay, is a hallmark of our industry leadership position.”