05 February 2001 15:43 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (CNI)--Butachimie, the 50:50 joint venture between US major DuPont and French-based specialty chemicals company Rhodia, expects to bring its nylon intermediates plant at Chalampe, France up to full capacity by the end of this week after strike action hit production, CNI learned on Monday.
Proposed changes by private sector employers to the national retirement age and pension contributions triggered strike action by France's five main trade unions on 25 January.
Olivier Churet, petrochemicals and inorganics purchasing director at Rhodia, said the rolling strike action lasted several days and forced Butachimie to close the adipic acid and adiponitrile (ADN) units for about one day. He declined to reveal the units' current operating rates.
Total loss of production is expected to amount to about 26% of one month's production of ADN, he said. The plant has the capacity to produce about 930 tonne/day (approximately 307 000 tonne/year) of ADN.
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