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Eka Chemicals to Reduce Sodium Chlorate Production

Dec. 16, 2008 - Eka Chemicals said that it will temporarily stop production at its sodium chlorate plant in Mo i Rana in Norway and partly close its chlorate production in Columbus, Mississippi in the U.S.

In addition, production will be reduced at other Eka chlorate plants for optimization of global operations due to high and varying energy costs.

“We see a global decrease in demand for sodium chlorate for pulp bleaching, combined with an escalating cost structure during recent years," said Lennart Nilsson, Director Global Marketing, Eka Chemicals. "Energy costs are flattening out but are still on an unacceptable high level, which force us to reduce our global production capacity.”

“The decided closure means a substantial reduction in Eka Chemicals´ total chlorate capacity. We will also make necessary maintenance stops in production after a period of extremely high capacity utilization at our plants,” Nilsson added.

SOURCE: Eka Chemicals




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