MOSCOW (MRC) -- Chemours will close its aniline and nitrobenzene site in Pascagoula, Mississippi state, by the end of the year, said Chemweek.
The First Chemical site produces aniline, nitrobenzene and nonylated diphenylamine (NDPA) lubricant antioxidant. "As a result of a business review we determined that aniline business is not core to our future strategy," Chemours said in a statement.
The company has decided to exit the business and cease production at the site. Chemours said it was reviewing options for productive reuse of the site.
Aniline is used to make polyurethanes, dyes and rubber chemicals among other products.
As MRC informed before, in December 2019, Chemours announced plans to sell its methylamines and methylamides unit to Belle Chemical, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical. The sales price was not disclosed. Thus, Chemours had signed a letter of commitment with Belle Chemical Co. to sell Chemours' methylamines and methylamides business and production facilities at the Belle location. Earlier in 2019, Chemours announced it would stop making methylamines and methylamides at the plant. In 2020, it planned to start dismantling the methylamines operations. Once Belle takes possession of the plant, most of the employees at Belle and others assigned in supporting roles at other locations will become part of Belle, Chemours said. Cornerstone makes acrylonitrile (ACN) and melamine at Fortier, Louisiana.
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Chemours is a global leader in titanium technologies, fluoroproducts and chemical solutions, providing its customers in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. Chemours ingredients are found in plastics and coatings, refrigeration and air conditioning, mining and oil refining operations and general industrial manufacturing. Chemours has approximately 9,000 employees across 37 manufacturing sites serving more than 5,000 customers in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Del.