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Ten Strangers in a Strange Land 

What happens when you take 10 complete strangers from around the globe and drop them in a foreign country, where you know no one, you have no clue how to navigate the geography and none of you speak the local language?  You get a little bit of chaos and a whole lot of fun!  Welcome to Uberlandia and welcome to the Celanese International Impact Program – affectionately known as CIIP.

It’s quite difficult to describe in words what this experience has been like.  It’s something you just have to experience yourself to truly understand the…

Celanese Life

Short Term Gig to Great Career 

January 1989, I had recently graduated from college and moved back to my hometown unsure of my next steps.  I had a young family and needed to make decisions quickly.  I went in search of a job, l was determined, but was only interested in a short 6-12 month job. Something to pay the bills until I could decide what was next. 

A friend introduced me to an HR manager with Hoechst Celanese. I convinced him to give me an…

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Improving the World One Person at a Time 

Improving the World is part of our mission to achieving Vision 2016.  Celanese is actively working on this by instituting the Celanese Foundation and the Celanese International Impact program.  These activities will have a broad impact on many people throughout the world.  Another way we can improve the world is by doing this one person at a time.  If each one of us can make a difference for someone in need, the world would definitely be improved. I’d like to share my “one-person-at-a-time” story.

When I ran the Gobi March in 2012, I learned how to establish a charity. The process for establishing a charity took some research.  This is especially the case when setting up a…

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Three Generations of Celanese in Mexico 

My name is Salvador Sanchez Valerio. I was born on January 20, 1950 in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. Ocotlán is a city located at the border of the Chapala Lake, the biggest lake in Mexico.  My family has been employed by Celanese for three generations. Here’s a brief story of my family as a member of the Celanese Mexico family.

First Generation:

Mr. Jesús Sanchez was born on July 27, 1911, in Concepcion de Buenos Aires, Jalisco, located in the top of the Sierra del Tigre where he used to work as a muleteer.

In 1945, a group of North American entrepreneurs purchased land that used to be a peanut…

Celanese Life

Building Homes, Building Dreams, Building For a Brighter Tomorrow 

When I joined Celanese in 2005, never did I expect to learn, of all things, how to build a house. Eight years and eight homes later, and I can truly say that volunteering has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. It’s not every day that you can have a significant part of making someone else’s life-long dream come true.

Celanese and Habitat for Humanity have been working together to improve the lives of families since 2005. During our partnership, Celanese has donated over $325,000 and 7,500 volunteer hours. Between 2008 and 2011, Celanese helped to build several homes in the Highland Hills neighborhood of South Dallas. During that time I was able to experience the…

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The 4 P’s of global leadership 

I took my first global management job seven years ago. I had grown up in the Midwest and graduated from a Big Ten university. With the exception of living in Japan right out of college, my work experience was almost exclusively with North American companies. I had a lot to learn fast.

Happily, the last seven years have been the best of my career in part because of our global operating environment. I can’t imagine working any other way. The complexity of the challenges and the opportunity to learn from others is unsurpassed. Working globally, however, isn’t easy. Through trial and error, I have learned…

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Two Long Nights and Many Exciting Experiences 

I am currently a work/study BA student and now in my second work phase for Celanese. The “two long nights,” in other words, the “Long Night of Industry” and the “Night of Science” were a very special part of it.

It all started on June 18 – first with the “Long Night of Industry.” At this event, industrial facilities open their doors to the public for one evening to present themselves to interested visitors.

Our tour included a visit to the Ticona Technical Center and the new POM plant. In addition to the guided plant tour, a tour of the Hoechst Industrial Park was also offered in celebration of 150 years of operations at the Hoechst Industrial Park.

The size alone of the Ticona plant impressed all…

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Life within REACH 

If you believe this post”s headline points to a vital matter that was successfully mastered, you are not mistaken. However, the issue at hand may be a bit different than you initially thought…

I am sure that in the course of our working lives we all reached agreements, reached conclusions, maybe learned how to operate a reach forklift – but did you know that Celanese has a ”REACH team”? If you heard of this team before, did you wonder how you ”do REACH” – and why? You can find out now – I would like to explain…

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A Call for More Women Leaders 

Throughout my career as a female chemical engineer working in the chemical industry, I have always found navigating the career landscape challenging; and I often wished I was not the only woman at the table — and wondered whether other women felt the same way. 

Sheryl Sandberg’s newly released book “Lean In” really clicked with me in this regard.  While raising the question: “Why do we have too few women leaders?” she pointed out certain behaviors women have that hold ourselves back.  For example, women tend to…

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Celanese Poised for a Mexican Resurgence 

For a long time, Celanese and Mexico have enjoyed a successful and rewarding relationship with almost 70 years of continued presence as one of Mexico’s most notable companies. It all started in 1945 when Celanese began manufacturing cellulose acetate yarn for the textile industry at Ocotlan, Jalisco. The 1950s and 1960s marked an important growth in the areas of synthetic and artificial fibers (e.g., nylon, rayon) as well as the plastic film industries (e.g., cellophane).  During the 1970s, Celanese Mexicana established a polyester manufacturing plant in Queretaro and started the production of acrylic esters at Cosoloeacaque. In 1982, the Cangrejera Chemical complex began operations, catapulting Celanese Mexicana into the role of the largest secondary chemicals and fibers producer in Mexico. It was also during this time that Celanese Mexicana became a major exporter with sales outside Mexico representing 37 percent of its production by volume. These goods were being shipped to the United States and Canada, Western Europe, North Africa, China and Hong Kong, and, in South America, to Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela.

In 1987, Celanese Corp. became Hoechst Celanese AG when the U.S.-based corporation was acquired by the German pharmaceuticals manufacturer Hoechst. In 1997, Hoechst spun off its Industrial Business as part of its strategy to concentrate in…

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“Common Goals – Sporty Achievements”: The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 

The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge is the world’s largest corporate run with approximately 68,000 employees participating from more than 2,000 companies. The event is so large, that the entire downtown area of Frankfurt, Germany closed on June 12th to host the run.

More than 200 Celanese employees from Europe participated in the event under the slogan “Common goals – sporty achievements.” Celanese employees from across Germany, the Netherlands, and this year for the first time, seven colleagues from Lanaken, Belgium, participated in the run.

Today’s blog captures the thoughts of those seven colleagues who would like to share  their personal impressions of the biggest event for Celanese employees in Europe…

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Celanese Sings the Praises of Qorus™ to the World 

In my last blog, I shared what we learned about the importance of branding, even in a business-to-business environment, and discussed how we were developing a new brand for  our innovative new sweetener system.  But, I left the brand name secret.   Well, here it is: Qorus™ sweetener system.

Why Qorus?  As we developed this product, even we were surprised by the huge impact of allowing the right ingredients to work together versus the individual parts alone.  We had discovered a revolution in…

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“C” is for Collaboration 

Last night, as I was sitting on the couch with Charlotte, my two year old, watching one of her Sesame Street DVDs, Cookie Monster came on the screen. In this segment, the famous blue monster with an affinity for chocolate chip cookies sang a song titled “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.”  As this catchy little jingle stayed stuck in my brain for the next 24 hours, it got me thinking about my first day at Celanese, which I still remember quite vividly.  I arrived before the sun had risen that cool Dallas morning in March 2005, and as I came over the ramp onto 635, before exiting Luna Road, I saw the bright orange “C” illuminating the way to the opportunities that lie ahead. 

Little did I know, that “C” would come to stand for…

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Skateboarding, Ipads and Icecream – All In a Day’s Work! 

What do skateboards, iPods and ice cream have in common?  You might think they are all part of a fun-filled summer day for your children.  Actually, they each played a role in our recent visit to M.C. Lively Elementary to teach Junior Achievement to a 4th grade class.

With the focus of our curriculum on entrepreneurism and successfully starting and running a business, what better way to demonstrate this concept to our class than through Tony Hawk, Steve Jobs, and Ben and Jerry’s.  And while the name Tony Hawk may not necessarily be on the tips of our tongues, those 4th graders could have taught an 8-hour class just on him!  For those of us who may not be as…

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The Celanese Foundation: How It Will Change the Face of Celanese 

Celanese employees have a great spirit of volunteerism and community support. The annual Greater Dallas United Way fund raiser, Global Impact Week, and efforts in support of Habitat for Humanity, Make a Wish Foundation, and Junior Achievement to name a few are driven by employees in support of our community and those in need. Last year we estimate Celanese employees, suppliers and the corporation provided over $1.5 million dollars and 20,000 hours to community support around the world. We’re definitely making a difference and having a great time in the process.

But imagine for a moment if we can build an employee effort where our investments go directly to…