Trinseo: US group closes styrene production in Böhlen

Now one thing has been decided: the closure of the styrene plant in Böhlen (Photo: Trinseo)

Now it’s fixed: Trinseo (Wayne, Pennsylvania / USA) will shut down styrene production at the Böhlen site in Saxony. The plant is too small and unprofitable on an international scale, according to the plastics group. The situation was exacerbated by high gas prices and competition from new capacities from competitors. After no buyer was found for the plant, the group had already considered decommissioning in October. It is unclear whether staff will also be reduced in the course of the plant closure.

But that’s not all. Trinseo is also closing one of the two polycarbonate production lines in Stade. The reasons are similar here: the oversupply on the market is making production on the previous scale inadequate, they say. The production of PMMA sheets in Mexico is also on the brink of collapse. Production is to be transferred to the plant of the US subsidiary Aristech Surfaces in Florence, Kentucky. In addition, Trinseo intends to reduce latex capacities at its Finnish plant in Hamina by the middle of next year.

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