MOSCOW (MRC) -- The unofficial battle between Celanese (Dallas, Texas / USA) and Daicel (Osaka / Japan) over their Polyplastics (Tokyo / Japan) joint venture has entered another round, said Plasteurope.
While Polyplastics is steadily increasing its foothold in Europe, Celanese is getting ready to offer PPS grades for automotive construction in Japan – Polyplastics’ home turf.
"We see tremendous growth potential for these materials in the Japanese market," said Hajime Suzuki, who heads Celanese’s business in Japan. The US group will initially offer two families – "ICE" PPS (Improved Crystallization Evolution) for use at temperatures of up to 240° C, as well as the plasticiser-free "Flex" PPS.
Since its founding, Polyplastics had served only the Asian markets, while Celanese catered to the rest of the world – a regional division that was part of the jv partners’ agreement. Since 2012, however, the two companies are increasingly come into competition with each other, even if the financial shareholding arrangement has remained the same.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of USD6.8 billion.