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CELANESE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SO.F.TER. GROUP

Dallas and Forlì, Italy, 1 December 2016

Extends global engineered materials leadership position; expands ETP and TPE portfolio through acquisition of leading producer.

Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, today announced it has completed the transaction to acquire the Forli, Italy based SO.F.TER. Group, one of the world’s largest independent thermoplastic compounders.

Celanese has acquired SO.F.TER. Group’s comprehensive product portfolio of engineering thermoplastics (ETPs), thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), as well as all customer agreements and all manufacturing, technology and commercial facilities.

The acquisition nearly doubles the number of Celanese global engineered materials product platforms and further extends Celanese’s world-class operational model, technical and industry solutions capabilities, and project pipeline.

“This extended portfolio – complementary to our global engineered materials business – will be integrated with Celanese’s materials capabilities and operational model to increase opportunities for engaging customers across highly diverse application areas where functionality and design freedom are critical to material selection,” said Scott Sutton, Celanese executive vice president and president of Materials Solutions. “Additionally, SO.F.TER. Group’s sophisticated and modern manufacturing facilities and product portfolio provide a vehicle for additional growth, investment and synergies.”

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Celanese announced its agreement to acquire SO.F.TER. Group in October 2016.

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. Our two complementary business cores, Acetyl Chain and Materials Solutions, use the full breadth of Celanese’s global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for our customers and the corporation. As we partner with our customers to solve their most critical business needs, we strive to make a positive impact on our communities and the world through The Celanese Foundation. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,000 employees worldwide and had 2015 net sales of $5.7 billion. For more information about Celanese and our product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.

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Celanese Contacts:

Investor Relations: Surabhi Varshney, +1 972 443 3078, surabhi.varshney@celanese.com

Media Relations – Global: W. Travis Jacobsen, +1 972 443 3750, william.jacobsen@celanese.com

Media Relations – Asia (Shanghai): Helen Zhang, +86 21 3861 9279, lan.zhang@celanese.com

Media Relations – Europe (Germany): Jens Kurth, +49(0)69 45009 1574, j.kurth@celanese.com

 

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