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HOECHST CELANESE TO ADD DEET-PRODUCTION CAPABILITY

 HOECHST CELANESE TO ADD DEET-PRODUCTION CAPABILITY
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hoechst Celanese


Specialty Chemicals Group has started construction at its Mt. Holly, N.C. plant to add production capability for its DEET multi-purpose insect repellent.
 A major producer of DEET to the world market, Hoechst Celanese expects its new line to come on stream in early 1993. The production unit will largely utilize existing equipment and personnel at the plant.
 "DEET," says Zack Levine, Hoechst Celanese Vice President-General Manager, Fine Chemicals Division, "is the common name for N,N-diethyl-m- toluamide, a multi-purpose insect repellent registered for direct application to human skin. It has been in use for more than 30 years, and has undergone tests that show it is safe and effective in repelling mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, deer flies, biting gnats and sand flies."
 "Today," adds Dave Lucht, Fine Chemicals Business Director, "everyone who goes outdoors is concerned about insect-borne diseases, such as Lyme's Disease, encephalitis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. DEET is used in a number of popular over-the-counter items. DEET is safe for application to human and animal skin, clothing, tents and screens."
 Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals' other products are used in a wide range of industries, including textile, pulp and paper, polishes, and printing. Its textile dyes and other specialty chemicals have many applications in the apparel, metalworking, cosmetics, detergent, oil- drilling, fiber, paper, coatings, adhesive, plywood, paint, plastic, lubricant, pharmaceutical and surfactants businesses. Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals operates domestic plants in Mt. Holly, N.C., Portsmouth, Va., Coventry, R.I., Bucks, Ala., Kalama, Wash., Leeds, S.C., and a facility at Bishop, Texas. The Specialty Chemicals Group is located in Charlotte, N.C., at the Vanguard Centre.
 Hoechst Celanese is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoechst AG of Germany, with leading positions in chemicals, fibers, advanced materials and technologies, and life sciences.
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 /CONTACT: E.C. Norton, Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals Group, 704-559-6019, or 704-554-8353 (home). CO: Hoechst Celanese Specialty Chemicals Group ST: North Carolina IN: CHM SU: PDT


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