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Celanese to add long fiber reinforced thermoplastic capability in Brazil

News International-French

23 Jul 2014

The global technology and specialty materials company announced that it will expand its manufacturing capabilities at the company’s Suzano, Brazil, facility to include Celstran long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFRT) production.

The Celstran expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2015.

This new LFRT production operation will be part of the company’s manufacturing site in Suzano where Celanese already compounds Hostaform/Celcon acetal copolymer (POM) and Celanex/Vandar thermoplastic polyester (PBT) products for customers in Brazil and Latin America.

Celanese long fiber reinforced thermoplastics, including Celstran, Factor and Compel, offer a combination of stiffness and toughness unparalleled by conventional short-fiber reinforced thermoplastics. These products provide customers with outstanding value in meeting the needs of demanding applications that require metal replacement, weight reduction (resulting in lower carbon dioxide emissions), impact strength, design freedom and easy processing in key applications for:

  • Automotive: structural, functional and appearance parts (instrument panels, door modules, front end modules, window systems, battery trays, clutch pedals, gear shift levers, consoles, HVAC louvers, air intake pipes and fascia supports).
  • Consumer: appliances, electronics, power tools, garden equipment (housings, gears, pulleys, wheels and fan blades).
  • Industrial: piping and connectors, window systems, and building and construction.
  • Aerospace: Seating systems, overhead consoles and cabin carts.

The broad product line of Celstran LFRT grades are produced using a patented pultrusion process that provides the highest quality impregnation and optimal wetting of the reinforcement fibers. By using various matrix materials, including polyamide (PA), polypropylene (PP), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), PBT, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyacrylic acid (PAA), POM, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and others; and imbedding various glass-, carbon-, stainless steel- and aramid-fibers together with additives, Celanese LFRT grades can be tailored to meet many specific application requirements.

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