Orion Engineered Carbons is to close its French subsidiary. The works council and labor union at its Ambѐs, France facility has agreed on a comprehensive social plan, which has been approved by the regional labor authority.
It will implement the restructuring and down staffing of the facility with cessation of production at the site expected by the end of 2016.
The Orion plant in France employs approximately 40 people and has a carbon black production capacity of up to 45kt per year, predominately used in the production of tires and other rubber goods.
The plant will be deactivated following the depletion of the existing stocks, fulfilling ongoing existing customer commitments until depletion.