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Clariant consolidates, closes two small masterbatch sites

Making a decision it says is in line with its intention to optimize its global production network and right-size its manufacturing capacity in North America, Clariant (Charlotte, NC) will close masterbatch production facilities in Lachine, QC and Milford, DE. Over-capacity in a North American market still affected by the economic downturn was also cited as a reason for the closures.

PlasticsToday Staff

October 5, 2009

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Clariant consolidates, closes two small masterbatch sites


Production at the Quebec site, which had opened in 1998 as a satellite of Clariant’s Toronto, ON facility to make small custom orders for Quebec customers, is set to finish in December. The Milford plant will wind down gradually and halt in mid-2010.



The closures affect 10 full-time employees at Lachine and 33 at Milford, who have been notified, says the company, and will receive severance packages. A "limited number" of workers are expected to be hired at other nearby Clariant production sites to handle the business coming from the two closed plants.



The Milford site has been making small lots of custom masterbatches and specialty engineering compounds typically used in the auto and consumer goods sectors. According to Steve Snow, Clariant’s business head of North American masterbatches, as those industries slowed down, so did demand for the products made in Milford. He added that the company is able to shift that production to Clariant’s 13 other North American masterbatch production sites.

 The Lachine production reverts back to Clariant’s Toronto plant, which Snow says is a larger site with more comprehensive capabilities. —[email protected]

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