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Total Shutters Carville Polystyrene Plant

5:23 AM MST | November 16, 2011 | Natasha Alperowicz

Total Petrochemicals says it will permanently shut down a 200-million lb/year polystyrene (PS) plant at Carville, LA, which has been idled since the second half of 2010. "The balance of supply and demand in North American polystyrene has shifted over the last decade," says Stan Beisert, v.p./styrenics at Total Petrohemicals USA. The company is focusing on improving efficiency of its remaining PS manufacturing units with a combined capacity for 1.45 billion lb/year. That tonnage will be sufficient to support growth over the next few years, Total says...

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