US Celanese closes UK acetate flake, acetate tow production plant

14 November 2012 16:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The acetate flake and acetate tow manufacturing facilities of Celanese’s Derby, UK, manufacturing plant will cease operation on Wednesday, the US-based company said.

Originally announced in April 2010, the closure is part of the company’s plans to cut fixed costs for its global acetate manufacturing operations, and will result in the loss of 352 jobs at the Spondon, Derby, site.

The plant closes on 14 November, but a reduced number of staff will stay on to ensure the plant and its equipment is clean for disposal and demolition, the company said.

The plant’s nameplate capacity was 41,000 tonnes of acetate tow and 60,000 tonnes of acetate flake per annum, according to Celanese. The production of acetate film will continue at the site.

By: Tom Brown
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