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Solutia Appoints Celanese as New Marketing Partner for Ethyl Acetate
Monday December 15, 4:10 pm ET

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Solutia Inc. is announcing today the appointment of Celanese Corp. as its new marketing partner for the company's ethyl acetate product for the Americas. As of January 1, 2009, the agreement allows Celanese to distribute ethyl acetate from Solutia's sites in Springfield, Mass., and Trenton, Mich., in order to supplement its own production and sales in the Americas region. The combined ethyl acetate capacity from Solutia's two production sites is approximately 22,000 metric tons annually. Solutia's current marketing partner, BP Amoco Chemical Company, has said it will continue to honor current supply contracts and agreements until December 31, 2008.

"Ensuring the on-going supply of product to customers is our primary focus during this transition," said Wing Kwang, global business director, Automotive and Specialty Additives, Solutia. "Present customers of Solutia's ethyl acetate will be notified of their new regional Celanese sales contact so that new contracts or agreements can be developed to ensure uninterrupted supply after the transition is completed."

"We are pleased to be the new ethyl acetate marketing partner for Solutia, and see this agreement as a way to ensure a continuous supply of quality product to our customer base," said John Caamano, global business manager, Solvents, Celanese.

"We have valued our partnership with BP over the last 9 years. As they transition out of the ethyl acetate business, we look forward to working with Celanese," added Kwang.

Ethyl acetate is used as a solvent in oil-based lacquers and enamels (especially in polyurethane finishes) and in inks and adhesives. The main uses of ethyl acetate are in the manufacture of nitrocellulose and cellulose acetate lacquers and as a solvent component in adhesives and in spread-coating compounds for artificial leather. It is also used as a solvent in many chemical processes.

About Solutia Inc.

Solutia is a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals company. The company focuses on providing solutions for a better life through a range of products, including: Saflex® interlayer for laminated glass; CPFilms® aftermarket window films sold under the LLumar® brand and others; high-performance nylon polymers and fibers sold under brands such as Vydyne® and Wear-Dated®; and technical specialties including the Flexsys® family of chemicals for the rubber industry, Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluid and Therminol® heat transfer fluid. Solutia's businesses are world leaders in each of their market segments. With its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the company operates globally with approximately 6,000 employees in more than 60 locations.

About Celanese

As a global leader in the chemicals industry, Celanese Corporation makes products essential to everyday living. The company's products, found in consumer and industrial applications, are manufactured in North America, Europe and Asia. Net sales totaled $6.4 billion in 2007, with approximately 70% 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 8,400 employees worldwide.

Source: Solutia Inc.

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