needercastle The chemical company Evonik wishes to sell its site in Niederkassel-Lülsdorf. The group currently employs 600 people there. How it will last for them remains unclear.
The chemical company Evonik wishes to sell its site in Niederkassel-Lülsdorf. The company announced on Friday. Accordingly, plans will be drawn up by the spring of 2022. The company aims to completely sell the site to a new owner. However, partial transaction sales to different buyers can also be visualized.
Evonik announced that there were indeed interested parties. “Lülsdorf has established itself over decades as a strong site for essential chemicals,” CEO Christian Coleman said in a press release. “With our focus on high-margin specialty chemicals, however, further development is no longer possible for us.”
According to Evonik, it employs 600 people at the Lülsdorf site and generates annual sales of €280 million there. The group, when asked, said how things should work for employees is still unclear. Evonik decided to sell in order to “create early prospects” for employees. As a reason for abandoning the site, the company cited requirements imposed by the European Union that made continued operation impossible from the end of 2027.
Sebastian Hartmann, SPD politician and member of the Bundestag for the Rhein Seig region, called the decision to abandon the site “very bad news for the employees, the municipality and the region as a business site”. A new owner for the entire site should be found quickly. He sees deconstruction critically.
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