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Dow Shuts Co-PBR Assets in France; Sells Houston Plant

4:14 PM MST | March 10, 2008 | Nancy Seewald

Dow Chemical says it will shut down its cobalt-polybutadiene rubber (Co-PBR) assets at Berre L’Etang, France. The facility is located within Shell Chemicals’ complex, and is operated by Shell Petrochimie Mediterranee. “We decided to redirect our technical resources and investments to businesses where Dow can achieve an advantaged cost position and increase our share of differentiated products,” says Craig Arnold, global business director for Dow Europe’s synthetic rubber business. Dow had not disclosed any job cuts or a time frame...

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