HEERLEN, Netherlands (Nov. 5)—DSM Elastomers will close its 40,000 metric-ton-per-year EPDM plant in Chiba, Japan, which it operates as a joint venture with Idemitsu Petrochemcial Co. Ltd. of Tokyo. The timing of the closing has yet to be decided, according to a DSM statement. The move follows the Dutch group's recent decision to close its 80,000-ton EPDM factory in Addis, La., by mid-2004. "Elastomers production will be concentrated at the most competitive sites," DSM said. After the two closures, DSM Elastomers will operate just two EPDM facilities—a 150,000-ton operation in Geleen, Netherlands, and a 35,000-ton plant in Triunfo, Brazil.
DSM Elastomers to close EPDM plant in Japan
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