By: Frank Esposito
March 20, 2012
FRANKFURT, GERMANY (March 20, 3 p.m. ET) — Global polystyrene and styrene monomer leader Styrolution Group GmbH is making several changes to its global production, including no longer sourcing those materials from a plant in
Styrolution’s decision will result in the plant’s PS and styrene units being shut down by the end of the year, according to a spokesman with Ineos Group, the British plastics and chemicals firm that co-owns Styrolution and operates the plant. The site’s annual PS capacity is almost 400 million pounds, while its styrene capacity stood at almost 800 million pounds.
All 110 workers at the PS/styrene units will be offered “alternative roles” with either Ineos or Styrolution, the spokesman said. Ineos will continue to make expanded PS in
Frankfurt-based Styrolution announced the
“To maintain and expand our leading market position, implementing our strategic priorities quickly and rigorously is key,” CEO Roberto Gualdoni said in the release. “I am convinced that these measures will increase our competitive strength...and allow us to serve our customers even better.”
In a statement, Ineos Styrenics CEP Gerd Franken added that “a review of business strategy by Styrolution has made it clear that the relatively small scale PS and [styrene] assets at
The Indian move will increase capacity for ABS and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) resins and related compounds by almost 70 million pounds in Vadodara by 2014. The project will meet increased demand for those products and lift the site’s overall annua; production capacity to more than 240 million pounds, officials said.
Styrolution was formed in October 2011 as a joint venture between Lyndhurst, England-based Ineos and chemicals giant BASF SE of Ludwigshafen. The firm has annual sales of about $8.3 billion and employs 3,400 at 17 sites worldwide.
At NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla., Styrolution USA LLC will exhibit in booth 13005.