Acetal Copolymer is engineered for exterior use.

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Providing 60° gloss readings of less than 3%, depending on mold texture, Hostaform® WR140LG black acetal copolymer enables manufacture of exterior components with low gloss look. Appearance changes little after extended UV exposure and chalky pigment residue does not form on surface. Product is targeted for use in auto exterior applications such as trim elements, windshield wiper and door handle components, window rail end caps, and antenna mounts.



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Ticona Introduces the First Low-Gloss Acetal for Exterior Use



Florence, Ky., November 14, 2006 - Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation, has introduced the first low-gloss, black acetal copolymer for exterior use. The new grade, Hostaform® WR140LG acetal copolymer, which has up to 80 percent less gloss than standard UV-stabilized acetals, gives automakers and other manufacturers the ability to create exterior components having the contemporary low-gloss look consumers value.

This specialty grade of acetal provides 60° gloss readings of less than 3 percent, depending on mold texture. In addition, it undergoes relatively little appearance change after extended UV exposure and does not form a chalky pigment residue on the surface as do many weatherable acetals.

"This grade extends our successful auto-interior, low-gloss acetal line so we can meet the requirements of major automakers for low-gloss exterior components," says Marcus Hayes, Product Marketing Manager - Celcon® and Hostaform. "This grade retains all the benefits associated with acetal, including durability, creep resistance, dimensional stability, chemical resistance and flowability."

Hostaform WR140LG is targeted for use in such auto exterior applications as trim elements, windshield wiper and door handle components, window rail end caps, and antenna mounts. Other markets for the new grade include outdoor sprinkler systems, recreational vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and outdoor furniture.

For more information

For information on Hostaform® WR140LG acetal copolymer for exterior use, contact: Ticona, 8040 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042, USA. Phone: 1-800-833-4882. Email: prodinfo@ticona.com. In Europe: Ticona GmbH, Professor-Staudinger-Straße, D-65451 Kelsterbach, Germany. Phone: +49-(0)180-584-2662 (DE) or +49-(0)693-051-6299 (EU). Email: infoservice@ticona.de. Or visit: www.ticona.com.

About Ticona and Celanese

Ticona Technical Polymers is one of the businesses of Celanese Corporation. Ticona produces and markets a broad range of engineering polymers and achieved sales of $887 million in 2005. Ticona has approximately 2,000 employees at production, compounding and research facilities in the USA, Germany and Brazil.

As a global leader in the chemicals industry, Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE) makes products essential to everyday living. Our products, found in consumer and industrial applications, are manufactured in North America, Europe and Asia. Net sales totaled $6.1 billion in 2005, with approximately 60% generated outside of North America. Known for operational excellence and execution of its business strategies, Celanese delivers value to customers around the globe with innovations and best-in-class technologies. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company employs approximately 9,300 employees worldwide. For more information on Celanese Corporation, please visit the company's website at www.celanese.com.

For further information about Ticona and Celanese, please visit: www.ticona.com and www.celanese.com.

Robert Shaw,
Manager, B2B Marketing Communications - Americas
+1-859-372-3117
Robert.Shaw@Ticona.com

European Contact:
Henning Küll
Tel: +49-6107-772-1797
H.Kuell@Celanese.com

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