Arkema announces a project to improve the productivity of its Marseille Saint-Menet site and increase its production capacity

10/12/2007  - Press release
 Corporate - Finance
The management of the Arkema Marseille Saint-Menet facility has today presented to an extraordinary meeting of the Works Council a plan for the site’s future aimed at consolidating its activities over the long term by enhancing its reliability and competitiveness, which would entail the loss of 48.5 jobs, and by increasing its production capacity by 10%.


The Marseille Saint-Menet industrial facility specializes in the production of the monomer of the Rilsan® 11 polyamide.
In the high performance polyamide market, in which Arkema is committed to remaining the leading player, the Marseille Saint-Menet site must continue improving its industrial and economic performance.


The proposed evolution of the site, supported by overall investments of € 15 M, is based on two guiding principles:


- optimizing the organizations toward better technical efficiency as well as cost-effectiveness, and the ongoing improvement of safety,


- a reduction in variable costs, while strengthening plant reliability and increasing production capacity by 10%.


The implementation of the project, which should entail the loss of 48.5 jobs, is subject to the preliminary legal information and consultation process with the trade unions. In the light of internal mobility opportunities and the proposed negotiation of early retirement packages, solutions have already been identified to redeploy on the site every employee affected by a job loss.

 

 

 


A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and related business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 17,000 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.