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Invista Textiles to close Wilton plant
Jan '09
INVISTA Textiles (U.K) Ltd. has begun consultation with trade unions and employee representatives regarding a proposal to cease production at the company's manufacturing site at Wilton. Shifts in demand for nylon intermediates and polymer to Asia and other regions of the world have resulted in overcapacity in the European market causing significant challenges for INVISTA's Wilton facility.

Additionally, the current downturn in the housing, automobile, textiles and other key markets has caused a steep and rapid decline in demand for the products produced at the site. These factors, as well as high infrastructure costs, have compromised the Wilton site's ability to be globally competitive going forward. “We continue to appreciate the hard work and loyalty of our employees at the Wilton site. We have come to the difficult decision that these proposals are necessary after a thorough evaluation of the site's current and potential future viability.” said Warren Primeaux, president of INVISTA Intermediates.

The consultation process will proceed over the coming months. “We will be discussing this proposal in more detail with employee representatives and unions and will make every effort to keep our employees informed of further developments during the consultation process” said Raul Trochez, Wilton site manager. The main INVISTA products manufactured at the INVISTA Intermediates petrochemical complex at Wilton are HMD, nylon salt, nylon 6,6 polymer, and ADI-PURE adipic acid.

Wilton also produces diaminocyclohexane (DCH), bishexamethylenetriamine (BHMT), and the precursor for DBE dibasic esters. These products have applications in apparel, carpeting, polyurethanes, coatings and adhesives. INVISTA in Wilton employs approximately 300 employees. The INVISTA Performance Technologies and other activities by INVISTA at the Wilton Centre are not affected by this site shutdown proposal.


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