BASF to close N. Carolina nylon 6 plant, expand in Texas

23 March 2005 22:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (CNI)--BASF said Wednesday it will discontinue the manufacture of nylon 6 polymers at its Enka, North Carolina plant by 2007 but add capacity at Freeport, Texas facility.


A BASF spokesman said 50 persons would lose their jobs in North Carolina.  Ten jobs would be added at the Texas site. Investment and capacity details were not disclosed.


The company said after the North Carolina operations end, BASF will vacate its lease with Colbond Inc, which assumed ownership of the Enka site in 2001.


Jack Dellinger, general manager of the Enka plant, said: "Reaching this decision was difficult, but unfortunately necessary for BASF to compete in the North American nylon market. Production needs to be consolidated into the Freeport site in order for BASF to reduce its costs and improve efficiency."


The nylon 6 value chain includes caprolactam that is primarily used to produce nylon polymers for engineering plastics, which have applications in the automotive parts, industrial equipment, electrical/electronic, furniture, oil and gas, and sporting goods market segments. Nylon 6 polymers are also used to produce fibres for textile, carpet and industrial fibre applications.


The company said the Freeport expansion would be completed in early 2007 and would generate 190 construction jobs at its peak.


BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF of Ludwigshafen, Germany.

By: Patrick Crow
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