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Penrice to close Australia’s only soda ash plant

5:42 AM MST | January 25, 2013 | —Natasha Alperowicz

Australia’s only producer of soda ash, Penrice Soda Holdings (Adelaide), has announced that it will permanently close its money-losing soda ash manufacturing facility in June 2013, after which it will instead import soda ash. Penrice’s 340,000-m.t./year soda ash facility at Osborne, Australia, which uses the Solvay manufacturing process, will shut down in June with the loss of 60 jobs. Penrice cites reduced domestic demand—in part due to wine made in Australia being bottled overseas, which has reduced consumption of glass—as well as the...

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