LyondellBasell Plans Permanent Closure of PP Plant in Italy

07.09.2023 - LyondellBasell plans to permanently close one of its two polypropylene (PP) plants at Brindisi, Italy, due to increasingly difficult market conditions and a poor outlook. The company has not disclosed which plant is affected, nor has it provided a timeline for the planned closure.

LyondellBasell said it has started talks with trade unions regarding potential redundancies related to the closure.

"After thorough analysis, we believe that closure of this unit is the most sustainable solution from a strategic and financial standpoint,” said Jim Guilfoyle, senior vice president Olefins and Polyolefins EAMEI of LyondellBasell. “We understand the intended closure may impact some of our employees. We are committed to discuss solutions with unions and social parties to support them in the best way possible. The supply to our customers will continue.”

Guilfoyle added: “This unit is the oldest of its kind in the world and it has become uncompetitive. The market environment for our polypropylene products of this Brindisi unit has become increasingly challenging, and the outlook provides little improvement. The intention of our group is to strengthen the position of the company's other assets in higher value markets.”

The US plastics manufacturer’s Brindisi, Italy site produces materials for the production of textiles, food packaging, and other applications.



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