Celanese has informed employee delegates in Roussillon,
France, and work council in Tarragona, Spain,
of contemplated closures of the Roussillon
acetic anhydride facility and the vinyl acetate monomer (VAM)
production unit in Tarragona.
Celanese announced on May 22, 2013, that it wanted to
find credible buyer for both properties, with the primary
focus on industrial candidates.
The company said it placed great effort in identifying credible
buyers that could ensure sustainable operations, retain
employees and meet the financial criteria defined by the
company to ensure successful future operations of the VAM
production unit in Tarragona and the acetic anhydride plant in
To date, no credible buyers have been identified and no offers
for acquiring these facilities were made.
Therefore, Celanese said Monday that it will
begin discussions concerning the possible closure of both
the acetic anhydride facility in Roussillon and the VAM
production unit in Tarragona. This action is initiated to
safeguard the competitiveness of the Celanese acetyl
The need for these contemplated projects emerged from an assessment
of Celaneses overall corporate strategy, which included
an assessment of the companys global manufacturing facilities. Specifically, in support
of the companys acetyl portfolio, the manufacturing
footprint strategy favors integrated production sites that
provide critical economies of scale.
Celanese subsidiaries that operate these facilities expect to soon begin the
consultation process with local employee representatives to
mitigate the social impact of the closures to the best