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HOECHST CELANESE SUSPENDING OPERATION OF BOTTLE RECYCLING FACILITY WHILE CONTINUING TO EXPAND ENCORE RESINS CAPABILITY

 SPARTANBURG, S.C., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoechst Celanese is suspending operation of the polyester bottle recycling facility located at the company's Spartanburg Plant while it re-evaluates technical aspects of the process.
 The facility's single bottle-processing line has not met quality and capacity expectations since being brought on stream in late 1992. The decision to suspend operations does not affect the supply of recycled polyester resin or recycle services to the company's customers.
 Efforts are being made to reassign the approximately 25 employees involved to jobs in other areas of the Spartanburg Plant.
 Construction of the bottle processing facility was started at the Spartanburg Plant in early 1992 to develop a process which could successfully separate other plastics, notably polyvinyl chloride (PVC), from polyester and permit the production of ultraclean polyester flake.
 The company will continue to seek alternative contaminant removal technologies for its post-consumer polyester recycling initiatives as its Polyester Resins Business Unit expands and trademarks its line of food-grade, recycle-content polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging resins.
 Hoechst Celanese in 1991 introduced pioneering, closed-loop, methanolysis-based technology for recycling post-consumer soft drink bottles into food-use applications.
 The company is broadening its focus to include the methanolysis- based recycling of a wider spectrum of polyester feedstocks, the most recyclable of all plastics.
 Hoechst Celanese's expanded line of recycle-content PET resins will be trademarked ENCORE(TM), the same as the corporation's other recycled plastic products.
 New ENCORE PET products will contain recycle components from both post-consumer and pre-consumer feedstocks.
 This product line is being expanded to further the recycling of polyester and to ensure that lower-cost recycled PET resins are available to the marketplace.
 Polyester feedstocks Hoechst Celanese is targeting for methanolysis- based recycling include such things as carpet and carpet-installation waste; post- and pre-consumer film waste; automotive parts; industrial by-products, such as degraded polymer; and mixed-color waste from pre- and post-consumer sources.
 These polyester waste streams are more economical than post-consumer PET soft drink bottles, for which there already is a well-developed recycle infrastructure and numerous, high-value end uses.
 Using lower-value feedstocks for the methanolysis process will result in a more economically priced product in the marketplace.
 A major, conts?t Celanese objective is the development and implementation of innovative, economical recycling process technology for effective, global solid waste management.
 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: Constance C. Fuller of Hoechst Celanese Corporation, 704-554-2025/


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