Industry body to report on Wilton, UK business needs

12 October 2009 16:38  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) is conducting a study into the needs of businesses at the Wilton, UK, chemical complex, said Bob Coxon, who is to oversee the writing of the report, on Monday.

Coxon, current chairman of the North East England Science and Industry Council, said the purpose of the report was to assess the needs of businesses at the Wilton complex following the recent announcement of several closures at the site.

The study, which would be presented to the government, was expected to be completed within weeks, Coxon said.

The Wilton site has been in the spotlight since Dow Chemical announced the closure of the UK’s only ethylene oxide plant, which resulted in Croda saying it will also close its UK operations. The Wilton plant has also been hit by Artenius UK going into administration and shutting its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plants.

Both Stan Higgins, CEO of the North East Process Industry Cluster, and a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spokeswoman denied rumours last week that Dow Chemical was in talks with US-based Third Coast Chemicals over the sale of the ethylene oxide plant. Dow is going ahead with plans to mothball the plant.

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By: Lucy Craymer
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