A restructuring and down staffing plan is to be put in place at Orion Engineered Carbon’s facility in Ambѐs, France where approximately 40 people are based. Production will eventually be ceased at the site by the end of 2016.
Jack Clem, Orion’s group CEO, said that in order for the group to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, it must fully utilize the capabilities of its carbon black operations, concentrating resources at more efficient facilities and those capable of producing technically special and unique grades that can compete in today’s challenging environment.
“The consolidation of the company’s manufacturing operations in Europe would be another step in improving our sustainability to better serve our existing markets particularly those requiring more specialized products to meet their end customers’ demands.”
In the event manufacturing is stopped the plant would be deactivated simultaneously with the depletion of the existing stocks, thus fulfilling ongoing existing customer commitments until depletion.
Look out for a feature on carbon black in the next issue of the magazine.
6 June, 2016