Celanese to end acetic acid and VAM output in Pardies, France

14 April 2009 17:17  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Celanese plans to close its acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) production in Pardies, France, due to high operating costs and weaker demand, the US-based chemicals producer said on Tuesday.

In a statement to ICIS news, the company said it informed the facility’s workers council on 23 March that it intended to cease all manufacturing operations of Acetex Chimie, the Celanese subsidiary which operates the site.

The facility has nameplate capacities of 450,000 tonnes/year of acetic acid and 150,000 tonnes/year of VAM.

Celanese started an assessment phase on the possible closure on 21 January.

“During the assessment phase, the company carefully evaluated the factors affecting the long-term viability of the Pardies operations,” Celanese said.

“Those factors include, but are not limited to: raw materials costs, energy and labour costs, as well as customer demand for the products.”

Celanese has not confirmed when the plant would be closed.

In February, Celanese announced plans to close its 115,000 tonne/year VAM plant in Cangrejera, Mexico.

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By: Mark Watts
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