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BASF to Close U.K. Adiponitrile Plant

9:56 AM MDT | June 20, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

BASF says it will close an adiponitrile (ADN) plant at Seal Sands, U.K. at an unspecified date after 2008 with the loss of about 30 jobs, 15% of the site’s workforce. BASF uses ADN as a raw material to produce hexamethylenediamine (HMD) at Seal Sands. The company says it will begin to purchase ADN from Invista for consumption at Seal Sands, from the beginning of 2009. HMD is an intermediate used to produce nylon-6,6. “We will continue to produce HMD and acrylonitrile as basic raw materials for the BASF group,” says Bernd Brian, site director at...

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