Celanese begins vinyl acetate ethylene production from Jurong Island, Singapore

US-based Celanese has started production from its new vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) unit at its facility on Jurong Island, Singapore.

This unit will support growing demand for eco-friendly materials in the South East Asia region, including Australia, India and New Zealand.

The facility's proximity to raw material suppliers provides transportation logistics and enables the firm to boost production capacity to supply VAE emulsions products in Singapore as well as across Asia.

Celanese senior vice-president and head of Asia operations Mark Oberle said: “South East Asia and India are leading the world’s construction demand, especially for infrastructure projects, which drives the region’s heavy demand for important materials such as VAE.

“Over the last two decades, Celanese has focused on developing our VAE expertise and a reliable foundation in Singapore so Celanese can be the first-choice, long-term partner for manufacturers across Asia.”

Celanese VAE technology generates clean, ecologically friendly, water-based emulsions that the building, construction and paper industries worldwide use.

The latest unit adds a third facility to the firm's VAE investment in Asia, as well as the fourth production unit in the Jurong Island plant.

Construction of the new unit started in April 2015.