By Liz White, UT staffLondon-Shell Chemicals plans to shut its polyols and ethoxylates units at Carrington, Manchester by summer 2007 and move production to other plants. The company said the moves will “enhance the cost competitiveness ” of its European ethoxylates and polyols businesses, “by improving the asset utilisation of manufacturing assets” at Wilton, UK, and Pernis, in the Netherlands. Polyol production from Carrington will transfer to Shell Pernis’ polyols facility at Rotterdam, which will be upgraded to take on the additional capacity, said a Shell Chemicals statement. Ethoxylates production will move to the Shell facility at Wilton, on Teesside. A phased transfer of the activities will begin in mid-2006.Shell Chemicals said “the move will have minimal impact on supply of the core products currently received from Carrington.” In future, customers will be supplied from Pernis and Wilton. The Carrington units are operated by Basell, said Shell. “The restructuring is intended to maximise value from our asset base in Europe by enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of our CASE polyols business and improving the net cost structure for ethoxylates,” explained Sven Royall, vice president, strategy and portfolio for Shell Chemicals. “The decision to close the units is not linked to performance at Carrington, which has continued to be strong in challenging times,” he added. “
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