Florence, Ky., Kelsterbach, Germany, Shanghai, PR China,– Ticona has announced it received Green Partner certification from Sony Corporation at U.S. production plants in Shelby, N.C., and Florence where it manufactures the portfolio of “V-0 Engineering Polymers for Eco-Friendly Innovation™” — Vectra® and Zenite® liquid crystal polymer (LCP), Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), Celanex® XFR® thermoplastic polyester (PBT), and Riteflex® XFR thermoplastic polyester elastomer (TPC-ET). The global consumer electronics company designates Green Partners based upon a supplier’s cooperation in the production of eco-friendly products and their ability to meet established regulations for environment-related substances found in components of products that bear the Sony name.
“Ticona is pleased to recertify its Shelby production facility as a member of the Sony Green Partner Program, and expand this special certification to include our facility in Florence,” said Tom Hannigan, global quality manager for Ticona. “This designation underlines our commitment to provide customers with a broad product line of engineering polymers that enable them to develop eco-friendly innovations that can meet their requirements and comply with industry standards.”
In 2002, Sony established the Green Partner Environmental Quality Approval Program, which outlines Sony's Green Partner Standards for chemical substance management. Sony audits suppliers based on these standards. Sony purchases electronic parts only from suppliers who have passed this audit and have been certified as Green Partners.
“Now, our customers can have confidence that they can use engineering polymers manufactured at either Shelby or Florence to comply with anticipated environmental laws and regulations, and the emerging industry requirements like Sony’s Green Partner Standards,” said Edward Hallahan, technical marketing manager – Ticona High Performance Polymers.
Celanese Increases Fortron® PPS Production at Wilmington, N.C., Plant to Meet Global Demand
Production increases support customer demand for innovative specialty materials
Celanese Corporation has announced that one of its strategic affiliates, Fortron Industries LLC, will increase production at its Wilmington, N.C., plant to meet an increased global demand for Fortron® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS).
The Fortron Industries plant in Wilmington is the world's largest linear PPS operation with a 15,000 metric ton annual capacity. Fortron’s operation in Wilmington is a joint venture of Kureha Corporation and Ticona Engineering Polymers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Celanese.
There is a growing worldwide demand for Fortron PPS, a high-performance polymer used in demanding industrial applications. This specialty material offers excellent chemical and thermal resistance, high hardness, rigidity and dimensional stability, and low creep and moisture absorption. Fortron PPS is often used instead of metals and thermosets in such applications such as auto pumps, valves, air ducts and powertrains; electronic connectors, plugs, switches and circuit boards; structural and non-structural aircraft components; and heater grilles, impellers, conveyors, power tools, microwave elements and other industrial uses.
“Fortron is ramping up production and adding new staff at our Wilmington plant to meet the anticipated demand of our global customers by the end of the third quarter,” said Thomas Petzel, global business line director — Ticona High Performance Polymers. “We believe Fortron has the leading technology used in the production of linear polymer applications, and this technology advantage can provide customers with a competitive position when manufacturing new applications or redesigning existing components.”
“Fortron PPS is locally produced in Wilmington and shipped around the world,” said Gard Gershmel, site leader for the Fortron PPS plant. “We take great pride in knowing our high-performance polymer is used in new applications on most automotive OEM platforms as well as advanced, lightweight composite components used by aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Boeing.”
Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, produces and markets a broad range of high performance products, and posted net sales of $808 million in fiscal 2009. Ticona employs more than 1,450 individuals at production, compounding and research facilities in the USA, Germany, Brazil and China.