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Crompton to reduce rubber chemicals capacity

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MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (Aug. 20)—Crompton Corp. said it will reduce capacity by year's end of two chemicals used in tire production to boost the profitability of its rubber chemicals business.

Crompton will cut production of its Flexzone-brand antiozonant—used in tire production to prevent rubber from cracking—by 20,000 metric tons by closing certain Asia Pacific facilities and by reducing capacity in other regions. Crompton will continue to make Flexzone in the Americas, Europe and some Asia Pacific plants.

The company also will cut production of its 4-APDA Flexzone intermediate by 13,000 metric tons at its Geismar, La., facility. It is evaluating other uses for the line.

Crompton said it expects the moves to affect fewer than 50 employees worldwide.