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Further Optimization of Production at Clariant

Published on 2004-03-26. Author : SpecialChem

Muttenz, Switzerland, March 25, 2004 - Clariant announced today that as part of its Transformation Program, manufacturing activities at the locations Beverley (United Kingdom) and Selby (United Kingdom) will be consolidated at the Selby location. Manufacturing in Beverly will discontinue as of the end of 2005. Clariant also announced that the Azo facility in Chemiepark Knapsack (Germany) will be closed at the end of 2005.

In connection with optimization of production the manufacture of specialty chemicals for the leather industry will be concentrated at the Selby location. The manufacturing site in Beverly will be closed. Twenty-four jobs in manufacturing will be transferred from Beverly to Selby. By the end of 2005, 120 jobs will be lost at the Beverly site. To increase its competitiveness, Clariant will increase its investment in the Selby location and build it into a "Centre of Excellence" for the phenol chemistry. Clariant currently employs 126 employees at the Selby location.

In addition, Clariant announced the conclusion of production of Azo pigments in Knapsack near Cologne as of the end of 2005. 71 employees are affected. The goal of these measures is to increase capacity at the remaining Azo facilities and to improve competitiveness. Clariant is engaged with the employee representatives in finding an appropriate support package for the affected employees at the Beverley and Knapsack locations.

Source: Clariant


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