Ticona is an international manufacturer of engineering polymers. The company's head office is located at the Ticona/Celanese-Plant in Florence, Kentucky
Florence, Kentucky
Florence is a city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 29,951 at the 2010 census.-History:The Florence area was originally known as Crossroads, because of the convergence of several roads from Burlington and Union at Ridge Road...

, USA, since 2005.

Company history

The Kelsterbach plant was founded in 1961 as a joint-venture between Celanese
Celanese Corporation is a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. The company is a leading producer of acetyl products, which are intermediate chemicals for nearly all major industries, and is the world's largest producer of vinyl...

, an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 corporation, and Hoechst AG
Hoechst AG
Hoechst AG was a German chemicals then life-sciences company that became Aventis Deutschland after its merger with France's Rhône-Poulenc S.A. in 1999...

 of Frankfurt. Following the 1999 merger of Hoechst AG with the French
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 pharmaceutical company Rhône-Poulenc
-History of the company:The Company was founded in 1928 through the merger of Société des Usines Chimiques du Rhône from Lyon and Établissements Poulenc Frères from Paris founded by Étienne Poulenc, a 19th century Parisian apothecary and brought to prominence by his second and third sons Emile...

 (which formed Aventis
Aventis was a pharmaceutical and lab assay testing company. It was formed in 1999 when Rhône-Poulenc S.A. merged with Hoechst AG. The merged company was based in Strasbourg, France. With its headquarters in Strasbourg, Aventis was the product of the first transnational merger to combine large...

), Ticona GmbH was attached to Celanese AG
Aktiengesellschaft is a German term that refers to a corporation that is limited by shares, i.e. owned by shareholders, and may be traded on a stock market. The term is used in Germany, Austria and Switzerland...

 as a separate company. Ticona represents about 17% of Celanese AG.

Since its creation in 1961, Ticona's main business is the production of Hostaform, a brand of POM
Polyoxymethylene , also known as acetal, polyacetal, and polyformaldehyde, is an engineering thermoplastic used in precision parts that require high stiffness, low friction and excellent dimensional stability....

 for high performance applications.

On January 1, 2006, the former Ticona business unit, TOPAS, which manufactures and sells cyclic olefin copolymer
Cyclic Olefin Copolymer
Cyclic Olefin Copolymer is an amorphous polymer made by several polymer manufacturers. COC is a relatively new class of polymers when compared to polypropylene and polyethylene...

-Terms:* Cost of capital, an investment principal* Certificate of Compliance, Certificate of Conformity.* Circle of confusion - the optical term for a blurred spot which is the image of an out-of-focus point source....

), was sold to the Japanese companies Daicel and Polyplastics (a joint-venture of Daicel and Ticona), which created the new company, TOPAS Advanced Polymers.

The location of the Kelsterbach plant, with its approximately 1,100 employees, is close to the Rhein-Main-Airport
Frankfurt International Airport
Frankfurt am Main Airport , or simply Frankfurt Airport, known in German as Flughafen Frankfurt am Main or Rhein-Main-Flughafen, is a major international airport located in Frankfurt, Germany, southwest of the city centre....

, which has given rise to regular disputes with Fraport AG which runs the airport. The conflicts are about the safety of the plant and its proximity to future airport expansion. The company has recently announced an agreement with Fraport to relocate the Kelsterbach operations elsewhere in Germany within the next few years, due to be completed in June 2011, at a total cost of approximately €1.0 billion.


Ticona offers a wide range of engineering polymers:
  • Polyacetal: Celcon, Hostaform and Duracon (POM
    - Business :* Pepco Holdings, the stock symbol for Pepco Holdings, Inc.* Production and Operations Management- Food and beverages :* POM Wonderful, a brand of pomegranate juice* Pom , a taro like root based oven dish native to Suriname- Astronomy :...

  • Liquid crystal polymer
    Liquid crystal polymer
    Liquid-crystal polymers are a class of aromatic polyester polymers. They are extremely unreactive and inert, and highly resistant to fire.-Background:...

    : Vectra, Vectran (LCP
    Liquid crystal polymer
    Liquid-crystal polymers are a class of aromatic polyester polymers. They are extremely unreactive and inert, and highly resistant to fire.-Background:...

  • Long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics: Celstran, Compel (LFRT)
  • Nylon
    Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as polyamides, first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont's research facility at the DuPont Experimental Station...

    : Celanese Nylon 6/6 (PA
    A polyamide is a polymer containing monomers of amides joined by peptide bonds. They can occur both naturally and artificially, examples being proteins, such as wool and silk, and can be made artificially through step-growth polymerization or solid-phase synthesis, examples being nylons, aramids,...

  • Polyphenylensulfide: Fortron (PPS
    PPS may refer to:In commerce and industry* Participating preferred stock or participating preferred share* Purchasing Power Standard* Pay Per Sale, a payment method used in affiliate marketing....

  • Thermoplastic polyester
    Polyester is a category of polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. Although there are many polyesters, the term "polyester" as a specific material most commonly refers to polyethylene terephthalate...

    : Celanex, Duranex, Impet, Riteflex, Vandar (PBT
    Polybutylene terephthalate
    Polybutylene terephthalate is a thermoplastic engineering polymer, that is used as an insulator in the electrical and electronics industries. It is a thermoplastic crystalline polymer, and a type of polyester...

  • Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
    Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
    Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene , also known as high-modulus polyethylene or high-performance polyethylene , is a subset of the thermoplastic polyethylene. It has extremely long chains, with molecular weight numbering in the millions, usually between 2 and 6 million...

    : GUR (UHMWPE)

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