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Arkema Plans Big Restructuring at French Fluorochemicals Site...

12:35 PM MDT | July 27, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Arkema says it plans to cut 226 jobs at its Pierre-Bénite, France fluorochemicals production site, 39% of the site’s total, as part of a major restructuring there. The company intends to close units at Pierre-Bénite producing hydrofluoric acid and the company’s Forane 22 hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant, as part of the plan. Arkema cites “highly adverse economic conditions linked to a sharp increase in the cost of access to fluorspar, the main raw material for hydrofluoric acid.” The company says it has had to...

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