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BASF to Close PS Plant at Ludwigshafen

5:39 AM MDT | June 25, 2009 | Deepti Ramesh

BASF says it will permanently close a polystyrene (PS) plant at the company’s Ludwigshafen site by June 30, due to a decrease in demand for PS. This move will reduce BASF’s production capacity for PS in Europe by 80,000 m.t./year, to 540,000 m.t./year. The plant has been idled since mid-April. Employees working at the plant will be transferred to other positions within the company. BASF says that PS will continue to be produced by the company at Ludwigshafen, primarily to serve the manufacture of BASF’s insulation products. Orders for PS from...

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