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FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
Celanese shifting to recycled,
bio-based, sustainable options
CELANESE SERVICES
GERMANY GMBH
Hall B4, Booth 4200
CVJ Boot from
Celanese at
Fakuma 2023.
Plastics News photos
by Caroline Seidel
percent compared with a similar
part made with ethylene propylene
diene monomer rubber.
Celanese also is launching two
new nylon solutions for manufacturers
of electric vehicle powertrain
components and EV battery
applications. The Frianyl PA-brand
W-Series of fl ame-retardant nylon
solutions can be used in large,
thick-walled, fl ame-retardant components
for EV batteries.
With the W-Series, offi cials said
manufacturers can improve the
safety of these components, introduce
novel new designs and
enhance manufacturing effi ciency.
Potential applications include
battery module housings and
e-box housings and covers.
Other new sustainable soluBy
Frank Esposito
Plastics News Staff
Celanese Corp. is taking " a very
customer-centric approach " to
sustainability.
" We look at key trends because
customers can have different
priorities, " Global Sustainability
Leader Steffi Götzel said at Fakuma
2023. " Overall, it's about the
shift from fossil-based to renewable
materials, whether those are
bio-based or recycled content. "
In a recent example, Dallas-based
Celanese worked with
Tier 2 automotive parts supplier
Trelleborg Boots to design a suspension
jounce bumper that can
be made without a base cup, ring
or dust cover bellow. The design
includes a snap-fi t assembly that
improves durability and eliminates
strut contact so there's no added
friction, abrasion nor wear noise.
The new jounce bumper is
press blow molded from Celanese's
Hytrel TPC-brand TPE. It's
expected to be more durable than
ones made with polyurethane
foam, the incumbent material for
this application.
Götzel said Trelleborg was
looking to improve its carbon
footprint and also wanted " more
recyclable solutions. "
Steffi Götzel
from Celanese at
Fakuma 2023 in
Friedrichshafen,
Germany.
" The key driver is performance,
but a material also has to fulfi ll design
needs, " Götzel added. " We can
reduce the number of parts, weight
or the number of materials used. "
Material selection also depends
on " the maturity of the customer, "
according to Götzel. " Some customers
know what they want in
a sustainable material; others are
early in the journey and are still
collecting data, " she added.
Celanese also is launching a
Santoprene
new
thermoplastic
vulcanizate ECO-R grade, which
Götzel said is easier to recycle
than thermoset rubber. The material
is being used in a carbon-neutral
garden hose, which offi cials
said is the fi rst on the market.
The new Santoprene ECO-R solutions
incorporate post-consumer
content. Two grades are already
available with at least 15 percent
recycled content. Celanese estimates
these materials can reduce
carbon emissions by up almost 60
tions from Celanese include:
* Celanex polybutylene terephthalate
ECO-R: With an estimated
minimum of 25 percent
post-consumer PET, offi cials said
these new PBT/PET blends enable
makers of automotive applications
and consumer goods to
have more sustainable product
options while maintaining excellent
mechanical properties.
* Tecnoprene polypropylene
ECO-R: Commercialized in North
America and Europe, the new Tecnoprene
PP ECO-R solutions have
at least 30 percent recycled content
by weight. These sustainable
solutions were developed to provide
automotive suppliers with a
sustainable offering that still meets
performance characteristics of
standard PP compounds. Manufacturers
of tailgates, spoilers and
cooling modules are developing
parts based on these new grades.
Celanese is working to integrate
the bulk of DuPont Co.'s
Mobility and Materials business,
which it acquired in an $11 billion
all-cash deal in early 2022. The acquired
business had annual sales
of about $3.5 billion.
The deal included Zytel and
Rynite nylon, Crastin PBT, and
Vamac and Hytrel elastomers, as
well as other materials.
The DuPont deal included 29
global manufacturing sites and an
intellectual property portfolio of
about 850 patents. The acquired
business employs around 5,000
in manufacturing, technical and
commercial roles.
Earlier this year, Celanese
completed a capacity expansion
for ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)
materials at the fi rm's plant in
Edmonton, Alberta. Offi cials described
that as an " ultralow capital
project " that will increase annual
EVA production at the site by
about 35 percent. The fi rm's EVA
products are sold under the Ateva
EVA and Ateva G Medical Grade
brand names.
For full year 2022, Celanese sales
grew 14 percent vs. 2021 to $9.7
billion. Sales at the fi rm's engineering
materials unit - including the
world's largest acetals business -
were up 48 percent to $4 billion,
with operating profi t up more than
4 percent to $429 million.

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