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Will UPM’s Chapelle Darblay mill close in mid-June?

A possible closure of the French Chapelle Darblay mill is nearing
A possible closure of the French Chapelle Darblay mill is nearing
03 Jun 2020 − 

The Chapelle Darblay newsprint mill has been standing since mid March. The union now says that the definitive closure will be initiated on 15 June. 

The Chapelle Darblay newsprint mill in France could soon be closing its doors for good. The trade union CGT reports that the factory with a capacity of 235,000 tpy of newsprint will be closed on 15 June if no buyer has been found. The process for making the approximately 230 employees redundant will start on this date, according to CGT.

A spokesperson for UPM disputed this claim and said there were no specific plans for a closure and no date had been set. According to the company, the negotiations are ongoing and a possible redundancy process and the implementation of a potential plant closure are part of these negotiations. No final decisions had been made, the spokesperson said.

In the meantime, 23 politicians wrote a letter to the French prime minister Edouard Philippe on 26 May in which they called for support to save the mill. They also wrote that the deadline for offers to buy the mill was 15 June and the site would be closed if nothing happens by that date. UPM says it remains open for offers to acquire the site.

This article is an excerpt from our article on the developments at UPM Chapelle Darblay. Read the full article in EUWID no. 23 which will be pubsliehd on 4 June.

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