The Chemours Co. recently announced it will close its Edge Moor manufacturing site located outside Wilmington, Del., which produces titanium dioxide (TiO2). In addition, the company will shut down a TiO2 line (line 3) at its Johnsonville plant in New Johnsonville, Tenn.

Together, these actions will reportedly eliminate roughly 150,000 metric tons of TiO2 capacity, while refocusing TiO2 production at four manufacturing sites. These changes intend to position Chemours to grow in the TiO2 industry by enhancing its production capabilities. In addition, they reportedly allow the company to continue to meet the needs of its customers around the globe.

“The decisions we are announcing today are connected directly to our five-point transformation plan, which sets out a clear, achievable path to our becoming a higher value chemistry company,” said Mark Vergnano, president and CEO. 

As part of the company’s transformation plan, these closures are expected to result in a $45 million annual net cost reduction. The company will incur non-cash charges of approximately $110 million related to the facility closing in the third quarter. Additional restructuring and other charges related to severance, decommissioning and site redevelopment are expected to be in the range of $75 million to $85 million, and incurred during the next two-to-three years.

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