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HOECHST CELANESE BEGINS PRODUCING POPULAR DEET INSECT REPELLENT INGREDIENT AT ITS MT. HOLLY, N.C., PLANT

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Production of DEET, the most widely used insect repellent ingredient in the world, has been started at Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals Group's Sou-Tex Plant at Mt. Holly, N.C.
 Says the Specialty Chemicals Groups' Fine Chemicals Business Director Dave Lucht, "We're very pleased by the quality of the initial production and the production unit's efficiency.
 "This is a good product with a social benefit," Lucht adds. "DEET protects people from insect-borne diseases since it reduces the probability of being bitten by mosquitos or ticks that are carrying disease."
 Hoechst Celanese also manufactures a DEET raw material, diethylamine, at the Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals Group's Bucks, Ala., site.
 In use for more than 35 years, DEET has proven safe and effective against mosquitos, chiggers, ticks, fleas, flies and other biting insects, some of which carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
 DEET was developed and patented by the U.S. Army in 1956 and was registered for use by the public in 1957. Today, DEET products are used by an estimated 200 million people around the world.
 Prior to the Mt. Holly startup, DEET had been produced for Hoechst Celanese by a toller-subcontractor using the company's patented manufacturing process.
 The Specialty Chemicals Group of Hoechst Celanese is headquartered in Charlotte and operates facilities at: Mt. Holly, N.C.; Branchburg, N.J.; Portsmouth, Va.; Coventry, R.I.; Bucks, Ala.; Kalama, Wash.; Leeds, S.C.; and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
 Hoechst Celanese, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoechst AG of Germany, has leading positions in chemicals, fibers, advanced materials and technologies and the life sciences.
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 /CONTACT: E.C. Norton of Hoechst Celanese Corporation, 704-554-2054/


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