Celanese to expand production in Brazil

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Celanese Corp., the Irving, Texas-based chemicals and specialty materials company, has announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production.

The company says that the Celstran expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2015.

“The addition of Celstran manufacturing capabilities to our existing site outside Sao Paulo is part of the Celanese growth strategy to directly serve our customers in Brazil and Latin America, where we see a healthy growth potential, especially in automotive applications,” said Phil McDivitt, vice president and general manager of the engineered materials business of Celanese.

Celanese long fiber reinforced thermoplastics, including Celstran, offer a combination of stiffness and toughness unparalleled by conventional short-fiber reinforced thermoplastics says the company.

These products have key applications in the automotive, industrial and aerospace industries.

Celanese employs approximately 7,400 employees worldwide and had 2013 net sales of $6.5 billion.