US based chemical maker Celanese has inaugurated its largest global chemical complex in Nanjing with a total investment of US$330 million. Celanese's complex, located at the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park, brings world-class scale to one site for the production of acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer, acetic anhydride, emulsions, Celstran® long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) and GUR® ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE).
The Nanjing complex will further enhance Celanese's capabilities to better meet the growing needs of its customers in a number of industries across Asia. The acetic acid facility has been running at full production rates since June 2007 and production of vinyl acetate emulsions is set to commence in October. Operations for the four other plants will begin throughout 2008. The acetic acid plant in Nanjing uses world-leading technology and is the largest train manufacturing unit of acetic acid in China, with annual capacity of 600,000 metric tons - which can be upgraded to 1,200,000 metric tons if market demand continues to grow.
The emulsions plant features a state-of-the-art pressure reactor to make vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions as well as a conventional reactor for the production of homo- and co-polymers of vinyl acetate and acrylic emulsions. The products will be integral in the manufacture of high-performance adhesives, high-tech glass fiber and cutting-edge low VOC / low odor paint. This new plant in Nanjing is the tenth emulsions facility in the Celanese global network.