February 20, 2023
DALLAS—Specialty materials and chemicals company Celanese Corporation reported that it completed “an ultra-low capital project to repurpose existing manufacturing and infrastructure assets to unlock additional ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) capacity” at the company’s Edmonton, Alberta facility.
The expansion supports significant growth in the Celanese Acetyl Chain’s downstream vinyls portfolio, the company said in a release.
“The rapidly increasing demand for sustainable energy sources throughout the world, such as solar and wind power, continues to play an important role in global demand growth for EVA,” said Richard Jacobs, senior director, EVA polymers, in a statement. “Demand for EVA in solar applications is anticipated to grow at a double-digit compounded annual rate through 2028, making the EVA industry one of the fastest growing products in our Acetyl Chain portfolio.”
The expansion provides approximately 35 percent incremental EVA capacity, starting in the first quarter of 2023. The project is expected to deliver approximately $10 million per year in additional operating EBITDA across the integrated acetyl value chain, with the earnings contributions ramping across the second quarter, the company said.
The Acetyl Chain’s reactor capabilities and unique footprint allow for a more customized approach to product manufacturing, with the flexibility to produce a full range of EVA products to serve demand in growing solar, wire and cable, food packaging, medical device, and drug delivery applications.
“We continue to strengthen Celanese as an industry leader in the acetyls and derivatives space,” said Mark Murray, senior vice president, Acetyl Chain, in the release. “This EVA expansion enhances our downstream optionality to capture growth in high-value applications and to deliver on our commitment to be a preferred partner of our customers.”
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