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Celanese expands Bishop polyethylene unit for two new medical grades

HOUSTON, January 8, 2016 (PCW) –- Celanese Corporation announced late Thursday it would increase production capacity for its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) product at its Bishop, Texas, facility by 38,000 mt/yr (85.5 million lb/yr).

The expansion is expected to be complete in May. It is expected to introduce two new medical grades of the plastic for the pharmaceutical industry, the company said. -- Samantha Hartke