A solution to the question of what will become of Polimeri Europa's (Milano / Italy; www.polimerieuropa.com) polystyrene line in Feluy / Belgium seems within grasp. At the end of last year the Italian manufacturer had announced its intention to cease production at the line permanently. Total Petrochemicals (Paris / France, www.totalpetrochemicals.com), which currently operates the line, has said it will take over PS production in Feluy.
The 35,000 t/y EPS line in Feluy, however, will cease operating permanently by the end of September 2010. As a result, 72 of the site's 130 employees will be made redundant.