TOPAS Advanced Polymers

History

The history of TOPAS Advanced Polymers begins with a revolution in catalyst chemistry. In the late 1980's, a new way of making plastics was launched: metallocene catalysis. The visionaries at Hoechst Celanese, the world's largest chemical company at the time, adapted this new technology to create valuable but formerly difficult-to-produce cyclic olefin copolymers on a much larger scale than previously possible. This led to the creation of the TOPAS business and product line within Hoechst Celanese in the late 1990's. By the year 2000, the business had advanced beyond pilot scale and a manufacturing plant was operating in Germany. During the same era, Hoechst Celanese went through a 'demerger' which left the TOPAS venture in the possession of the Ticona unit of Celanese AG. As part of a corporate transition, Celanese sold the TOPAS business to Daicel Corporation and Polyplastics Co., Ltd., two leading Japan-based chemicals and plastics firms, and the TOPAS Advanced Polymers business was launched in 2006. With the strong business and technical support of Polyplastics and Daicel, TOPAS Advanced Polymers is growing all over the globe by helping its ever-increasing roster of customers reach their goals.