BASF is discontinuing its lysine business and will shut down its production
facility in Gunsan, South Korea, by mid-2007 to concentrate on its non-amino
Over the last three years, BASF undertook an intensive cost reduction program
at the Gunsan site. However, due to rising raw material costs, overcapacities
and a high dependency on exports, the business is no longer sustainable. The
Gunsan site has a current capacity for lysine of around 100,000 metric tons per
About 180 people work at the Gunsan site. BASF is in regular
contact with employee representatives, and will immediately start negotiations
on the situation arising from the shutdown of the lysine plant.
The closure is part of the ongoing
restructuring program of BASF's fine chemicals business, initiated in January
2006. Among other measures, this program includes the merging of the human
nutrition and animal nutrition businesses into one Nutrition unit as of November
2006 and the divestment of the global premix business. In February 2007, BASF sold a major part of its premix business
Dutch company, Nutreco.
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