Another 58 Artenius workers are sacked

A FURTHER 58 workers have been axed from a Teesside chemical plant which went into administration last month.

A FURTHER 58 workers have been axed from a Teesside chemical plant which went into administration last month.

The joint administrators of Artenius UK yesterday announced that the employees have been made redundant leaving just 49 staff at the plant.

This follows the 137 workers who were laid-off when administrators Deloitte were called in at the end of July.

A Deloitte spokesman said: “This decision has been taken following the administrators’ announcement that they were to mothball the production facility at the Wilton site, while discussions continue with parties that have expressed an interest in acquiring the business.”

Artenius, which is headquartered in Redcar, Teesside, is a manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate, a chemical used in the food and drink packaging industry. The Teesside plant was put into administration by its parent company La Seda De Barcelona, as part of a five-year plan which includes selling on five other sites in Europe.

Earlier this week Artenius workers flew to Spain for talks with the company bosses and came back saying they had had a positive’ meeting.

The delegation, which included Redcar MP Vera Baird, was joined by Spanish workers as they protested outside the company’s offices in Barcelona before being granted a meeting with vice-president Carlos Gila.

Deloitte is trying to sell on the site as a going concern. The Spanish group has decided to pull out of the North East as it looks at ways of reversing its worsening performance, which recently saw it post an annual loss of £564m.

 
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