18-May-2005 - Royal DSM N.V. (Koninklijke DSM N.V.)

DSM focuses its vitamin C production in Dalry, UK

DSM Nutritional Products announced its strategy for the production of vitamin C. DSM will concentrate its production of bulk vitamin C in Dalry (Scotland, UK). As a consequence, DSM will close its plant for bulk ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in Belvidere (NJ, USA). DSM reconfirmed its strong commitment to vitamin C to secure its leadership position in the field of vitamins in general and vitamin C in particular. As part of these plans DSM Nutritional Products will implement an extensive package of measures to optimize its vitamin C production, leading to important cost reductions and improved supply chain flexibility.

DSM will focus its production of vitamin C at the plant in Dalry. Currently investments are being made to upgrade the plant within the scope of the Vital Project, the integration and transformation program of DSM Nutritional Products. This will lead to important cost reductions and allow for increased raw material flexibility. At the same time DSM is developing flexible alternative sourcing options, including the recently announced intended alliances in China.

Closure of the bulk ascorbic acid plant at the Belvidere site is expected to take place in Q3 2005. The formulation plant in Belvidere will be adjusted to optimize the production of specific product formulations for the North American and other markets. DSM will continue to produce its other products at the Belvidere site, such as formulations for other vitamins and arachidonic acid for baby formula milk.

The above decisions, on top of the measures that are already being taken in Dalry and Belvidere in the framework of the Vital project, will lead to a reduction of the workforce in Belvidere by approximately 150 people.

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