On 28 April, New York-listed chemicals gaint, Celanese Corporation, has begun construction of a vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions production unit at its acetyls facility on Jurong Island.
The unit that is expected to begin production by mid-2016, will be the third VAE investment by Celanese in Asia. The Singapore plant will support not only the Southeast Asia market, but also other Asia Pacific countries including India, Australia and New Zealand.
Celanese has been in Singapore for over 15 years, where it produces a broad array of chemicals, including acetic acid, butyl acetate, ethyl acetate and VAM (vinyl acetate monomer). The company chose to build its new VAE unit within its existing Jurong Island facility due to the upstream integration with raw material supplies and the geographic market coverage, said Mark Murray, vice-president and general manager of Celanese emulsion polymers business. He added that the Singapore unit will broaden the company's network to better serve customers through the Asia-Pacific region, primarily in the high-end applications of architectural coatings, building and construction, carpets and paper industries.
“We are delighted that Celanese has chosen Singapore to establish its latest VAE facility to serve its customers in the region. Celanese’s strong commitment to chemicals manufacturing in Singapore is a testament to the attractiveness of Jurong Island as a global petrochemicals hub. We warmly welcome Celanese’s latest investment, and look forward to deepening our partnership further,” said Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).