Ticona is an international manufacturer of engineering
polymers. The company's head office has been located at the Ticona/Celanese-Plant in the German town of Kelsterbachnear Frankfurtsince 2002.
The Kelsterbach plant was founded in 1961 as a
joint-venturebetween Celanese, an American corporation, and Hoechst AGof Frankfurt. Following the 1999 merger of Hoechst AG with the French pharmaceuticalcompany Rhône-Poulenc(which formed Aventis), Ticona GmbHwas attached to Celanese AG as a separate company. Ticona represents about 17% of Celanese AG.
Since its creation in 1961 Ticona's main business is the production of "
Hostaform", a brand of POM for high performance applications.
January 1, 2006the former Ticona business unit, "TOPAS", which manufactures and sells cyclic olefin copolymer( COC), was sold to the Japanese companies Daiceland "Polyplastics" (a joint-venture of Daicel and Ticona) which created the new company, "TOPAS Advanced Polymers".
The location of the Kelsterbach plant, with its approximately 1,100 employees, is close to the Rhein-Main-Airport which has given rise to regular disputes with
Fraport AGwhich runs the airport. The conflicts are about the safety of the plant and its proximity to future airport expansion. The company has recently announced an agreement with Fraport to relocate the Kelsterbach operations elsewhere in Germany within the next few years.
Ticona offers a wide range of engineering polymers:
polyacetal: Celcon, Hostaform and Duracon ( POM)
* liquid crystal polymer: Vectra, Vectran (LCP)
* long glass fiber reinforced
thermoplastics: Celstran, Compel ( LFRT)
nylon: Celanese Nylon 6/6 (PA 6/6)
* polyphenylensulfide: Fortron (
polyester: Celanex, Duranex, Impet, Riteflex, Vandar ( PBT)
* ultra high
molecular weight polyethylene: GUR (UHMW-PE)
* [http://www.ticona.com/ company website]
* [http://www.ausbau.fraport.com/cms/default/rubrik/2/2227.htm Fraport: information on airport expansion]
* [http://www.topas.com/ link to TOPAS Advanced Polymers]
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