Kemira to close fluorine chemistry production site Pierre-Benite in France

5:48 AM, 11th October 2021
Kemira's Pierre-Benite plant manufactures fluorine chemistry products, which are used particularly for refrigeration, refrigerated transport, and air conditioning as well as polymers, catalysis and agrochemical intermediates. (File Photo)

HELSINKI, FINLAND: Kemira Oyj said it has started a project to evaluate a possible closing of its Pierre-Benite site in France, close to Lyon. Pierre-Benite was part of Kemira’s acquisition of Arkema’s water treatment business in 2007. The site produces ferric chloride and different grades of polyaluminum chloride.

Unfavorable market conditions together with an increased competition have continuously impacted the economic situation of the Pierre-Benite site negatively. Despite the numerous improvement efforts that have been implemented in recent years the site profitability has not improved sufficiently. As a result, Kemira has started the consultation process with the local works council, in accordance with French labor law requirements.

Kemira remains committed to serving the water treatment market in France and will continue to supply its customers with product deliveries from its existing network.

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