06 November 2009 13:15 [Source: ICIS news]
The French global industrial and speciality chemical company said it had presented a plan to trade union representatives at the site, which currently has three PVC production units with a 325,000 tonnes/year overall capacity.
Arkema was proposing to close the oldest and smallest of the three units, while the two remaining plants would be updated in order to improve productivity.
The closure, forecast for the second quarter of 2010, would involve the loss of nine positions but those affected would be offered alternative positions at the site, Arkema said.
The company currently has a force majeure (FM) declaration in place across PVC production at four of its French sites, including Balan, St Auban, St Fons and Berre.
Arkema was compelled to declare FM on 9 September due to an unplanned outage at INEOS and Total’s joint-venture cracker at ?xml:namespace>
"At present the industry is producing below capacity so I do not think the closure of a plant will have a major impact. Certainly it could have a slight impact on price but the market would not be under supplied,” an ECVM representative said.
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