Celanese: Foil-making business will be the last reminder of giant operation
THE last remnants of the Celanese business, which once employed so many people, is Clarifoil, which makes acetate film for the packaging industry.
It employs 70 workers.
This is the only part of the business Celanese Corporation has decided to retain.
But its operations alone are not enough to justify the site having its own power station.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
In March, Derwent Cogeneration Limited, which runs the gas-powered combined heat and power plant in Holme Lane, that generates steam to make products at Celanese, announced its closure. The plant will shut next month with the loss of 32 jobs.
In the meantime, at Celanese, the decommissioning and demolition work will continue.
The site bears the scars of the various businesses that have operated there over 90-odd years. Buildings that have been vacant for years and wide spaces where facilities have been demolished are prominent features.
With the exception of Clarifoil, at the front of the site, it will all be demolished, as refurbishment would be too costly.
The Celanese site is a patchwork of red-brick industrial buildings, silos and warehouses, seemingly sewn together with hundreds of pipes.
It is like an industrial village and at 270 acres, once it is cleared, it would be able to accommodate about 140 football pitches.
A redundant railway line, empty warehouses and visible footings of long-demolished buildings all point to a factory that has passed its sell-by date.