Celanese, Blackstone to form joint venture in acetate tow

Celanese Corp. and funds managed by Blackstone have entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture (JV) that will create a global acetate tow supplier. Celanese and Blackstone will own 70 percent and 30 percent of the JV, respectively.

Under the terms of the agreement, Celanese will contribute its Cellulose Derivatives business unit, including its equity interest in existing Jvs with China National Tobacco Corp., and Blackstone will contribute its Rhodia Acetow business unit, which it recently acquired from Solvay. The new company is expected to generate 2017 annual pro forma revenue of approximately $1.3 billion with around 2,400 employees. The JV will have an extended global footprint that includes eight wholly owned manufacturing facilities and three existing JV sites.

For more information, visit www.Celanese.com or call (972) 443-4000.

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