“Safety is a cultural cornerstone and a core value of Celanese,” said Jim Alder, senior vice president, operations and technical. “Celanese’s emphasis on scientific design, high-efficiency management, system standardization, promotion of best practices and processes, comprehensive training and high levels of employee participation have enabled the company to rank within the top 10% of all chemical industry manufacturers in terms of safety.”
The award-winning project at the Boucherville site was for a new, automated cleaning system for a large emulsions reactor. The project took more than two years to complete and was designed to eliminate confined space entry, thus reducing the risk of potential injury from high-pressure water washing. The project also decreased the cleaning time of the reactor, thereby dramatically increasing reactor and workplace productivity.