Celanese to Demo “Smart Parts” at National Plastics Expo

Four industry-leading companies will mold a complex part simulating a medical device cover at the 2015 plastics showcase

DALLAS & ORLANDO, Fla.--Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, will present its cutting-edge expertise in developing smaller, lighter weight "smart parts" during the National Plastics Expo (NPE), March 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.


Celanese, Mold Craft, Sodick, and LPKF have teamed up to showcase the innovative value propositions that exist for device manufacturers when choosing industry-leading experts as partners for their sensor design and manufacturing needs. The result of this inventive partnership will be exhibited at booth S27001 at this year's NPE where the four companies will mold a complex part using Celanese Vectra LCP that simulates a medical device cover called a Vented Processor Housing.

"Miniaturization is a top priority of advanced sensor and electronics technology manufacturers," said Kevin Wu, global business director for Electronics and Consumer. "Celanese is proud to work with industry-leading experts to deliver an innovative solution that combines the expertise of all of our companies."

Celanese is a leading global supplier of high-performance engineering polymers designed to drive growth and innovation across all industries. Celanese Vectra LCP is the ideal material for compact, intricate, thin-wall designs, such as this. In addition to Vectra LCP, Celanese also produces the Zenite LCP series. These LCP products offer excellent melt flowability, part dimensional stability, and fast cycle times, which will be proven during the on-site molding at NPE 2015.

Mold Craft created a small, thin-walled part with different surface finishes, special cavity inserts, and very tight tolerances. This part demonstrates small pitch features within the mold cavity and ability to maintain tolerances as tight as ±.0001" resulting in crisp detail. This is achieved by Mold Craft's Design for Manufacturing (DFM) capabilities, which also enables interchangeable cavity inserts.

Sodick's LP20EH3 micro injection molding machine has been engineered to be the most precise machine on the market, using a two-stage plunger injection unit without a check ring and a true hybrid precision clamping mechanism. Sodick will use robotics to unload molded parts from the machine on the NPE 2015 show floor.

LPKF Laser & Electronics engineered the feature-rich design and 3D circuitry on the part. Using laser direct structuring (LDS), the circuitry is laser-etched on various areas on the part and then selectively plated using electroless copper metallization with ENIG finish.

Celanese Technical Presentations at SPE's Annual Technical Conference at NPE

Celanese subject matter experts will also present the latest innovations and newest applications of the company's polymer product portfolio at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) 2015 at NPE on March 23-25, 2015. These Celanese experts will participate in a series of technical sessions, including:

Color and Appearance Colored Resin Topics
Introduction to Color Technology
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 8:30 a.m.
Keynote: Bruce Mulholland, R&D Leader

Bioplastics Bioplastics Session
Cellulose Acetate As a Tunable Bio-based Engineered Material
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. | 2095590
Speaker: Karthik Vaideeswaran, Director, Enabling Technologies

Plastics in Building and Construction Plastics in Building and Construction Session
Health Product Declarations - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:30 a.m.
Keynote: Marty Sweeney, Application Development Manager

Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Thermoplastics Session
Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Powder
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:30 a.m. | 2097180
Kamlesh Nair, Polymer Chemist

Low-Permeation Toughened PolyOxymethylene (POM) for Injection-molded and Blow-molded
Tanks in Small Off-road Engine (SORE) Applications
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. | 2097438
Sunghye Kim, Product Development Engineer

Thermoplastic Elastomers - Thermoplastic Elastomers Session
Injection Overmolding Performance of Thermoplastic Polyester Elastomers (TPC-ET)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. | 2093303
Mukul Kaushik, R&D Engineer

About Celanese
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of $6.8 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.

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