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Arkema Plans Further Restructuring of its Vinyls Business

2:19 PM MST | December 8, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Arkema has announced further steps to improve the competitiveness of its vinyls business, the least profitable of its three segments. The restructuring involves closure of the company’s aluminum chloride manufacturing plant at Jarrie, France and a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl acetate copolymers unit at Saint-Auban, France. Aluminum chloride will cease to be produced at Jarrie on June 30, 2009, leading to 73 job losses. The Saint-Auban site will be refocused to produce PVC paste; trichloroethane 1,1,1; and hydrochloric acid from recycled chlorinated...

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