Clariant chemical factory in Wales up for sale

Posted on 9 Dec 2011 by Tim Brown

Wales Online has reported that a chemical factory where production is due to cease next spring with the loss of 95 jobs has been put on the market for £3m.

Originally established in the 1970s by Nipa Laboratories, the site was acquired by Clariant in 2000 with significant capital investment resulting in the expansion of production and the introduction of new polymer processes to the site.

But last August, Clariant confirmed it was to end production at the plant in May 2012, with 49 jobs to go before the end of this year.

The factory comprises a series of purpose-built units, covering 91,435 sq ft on a secure site of 7.59 acres. Nick Fordham, country head UK and Ireland for Clariant Services UK, said: “This plant offers an opportunity to secure a specialist facility with plant and machinery potentially available by separate negotiation, which could be adapted to meet other related manufacturing processes.”

The factory will be marketed on a global basis said Chris Sutton of Jones Lang LaSalle, who is co-ordinating the marketing strategy.

“Working with the Welsh Government, we will be first targeting the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors of industry while reaching out to the regional market and having regard to redevelopment options arising from its proximity to the recently opened £90m Church Village by-pass,” he said.