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Arkema Proposed Closure of Methyl Ethyl ketone Production at the La Chambre Industrial Site

Published on 2009-03-12. Author : SpecialChem

The La Chambre (France / Savoie) industrial site specializes in the production of various amines and oxygenated solvents, including methyl ethyl ketone used primarily in paint and varnish manufacture.

Its raw material, secondary butanol, is supplied from the Total Petrochemicals plant in Notre-Dame de Gravenchon (Seine-Maritime). The supply conditions for this secondary butanol feedstock are creating ongoing difficulties for Arkema's methyl ethyl ketone production operations.

The plan presented entails the shutdown of its production at the La Chambre site by end 2009. It would also include investments to consolidate the site's other activities, and would result in the loss of 22 positions, with no redundancies.

In addition, Arkema plans to sell its methyl ethyl ketone marketing and sales assets to Sasol Solvents Germany GmbH (Germany). The companies have concluded negotiations and the implementation of this project is subject to the legal information and consultation process involving the Arkema France personnel representative bodies as well as the approval of merger control authorities in some countries.

About Arkema:

A global chemical company and France's leading chemicals producer, Arkema consists of three businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Arkema reports sales of 5.6 billion euros. Arkema has 15,000 employees in over 40 countries and six research centers located in France, the United States and Japan. With internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Source: Arkema

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