Ticona plans to build a 15,000 metric ton compounding unit at its integrated complex in Nanjing, China. The unit will be located at the recently dedicated Celanese complex and is scheduled to be operational in Q1-09. Production will include the following compounds in the Ticona portfolio - Vectra® liquid crystal polymer (LCP), Hostaform® polyoxymethylene copolymer (POM), Celanex® thermoplastic polyester (PBT), Riteflex® thermoplastic polyester elastomer (TPC-ET), Vandar® thermoplastic polyester alloys (PBT) and Fortron® polyphenylene sulphide (PPS).
Ticona, with compounding capacity in North America, Europe and Asia, plans to provide the same grades with the same performance characteristics and the same specifications on a global basis. The Nanjing compounding unit will support its recently announced Application Development Center in Shanghai, allowing the company to translate applications from other regions of the world, enhance ability to develop and expand regional applications based on advanced engineering polymers in the Ticona portfolio.