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Evonik Closes Orthoesters Plant in Germany

8:39 AM MDT | June 11, 2008 | Natasha Alperowicz

Evonik Industries says it will discontinue production of orthoesters at its Niederkassel, Germany plant in the third quarter of this year, due to overcapacity, high raw material prices and competition from China. Production of these building blocks, used mainly by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, is no longer economically viable in Europe, Evonik says. Employees affected by the closure will be transferred to other production facilities within the site, which employs a total of some 620 people. The site's most important products are alcoholates, which...

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