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Just heard from a friend who's other half works at ICI now owned by Dutch company AkzoNobel is upping sticks and moving all production up North, all called into a meeting at 1.30 this afternoon, all staff and even the press turned up.

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Just heard from a friend who's other half works at ICI now owned by Dutch company AkzoNobel is upping sticks and moving all production up North, all called into a meeting at 1.30 this afternoon, all staff and even the press turned up.

Up north where? Within the UK, to Scandinavia, the Shetlands? ICI used to have plants in the NW at least, which is in the north but not as north as say Newcastle.

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Up north where? Within the UK, to Scandinavia, the Shetlands? ICI used to have plants in the NW at least, which is in the north but not as north as say Newcastle.

Maybe Felling in Tyneside. Akzo Nobel have a big facility there.

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"..within 25 miles of AkzoNobel’s existing site in Prudhoe..." according to the press release.

New site - closing present Prudhoe site and manufacturing at Slough, though Slough will still be the HQ for the UK Decorative Paints business and will keep global research and development, and marketing.

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Whatever happned to Billingham, the largest chemical works in the world?

From Wiki:

With the declaration of the First World War, a high demand for explosives led to a massive expansion of Billingham. In 1917, Billingham was chosen to be the site of a new chemical works supplying ammonia for the war.[3] However, the plant was completed in 1920, after the war had ended. The Brunner Mond Company took over the site, and converted it to manufacture fertilisers. In December 1926, Brunner Mond merged with three other chemical companies to form Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), who took control of the plant. ICI began to produce plastics at Billingham in 1934.

From 1971 to 1988 ICI operated a small General Atomics TRIGA Mark I nuclear reactor at its Billingham factory. It also operated the coal-fired North Tees Power Station designed by Giles Gilbert Scott on the banks of the Tees, to provide electricity for its plants. This was eventually decommissioned and demolished (at a ceremony attended by Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley) in 1987. The site of the power station is now Billingham Reach Industrial Estate, an international wharf owned by Able UK Ltd. ICI no longer operates in Billingham, having sold many of its businesses during the restructuring of the company in the 1990s. Some of the company's former manufacturing plants are still in operation, run by other chemical companies.

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