Hundreds of jobs at risk at Billingham's Mitsubishi chemical plant
More than 200 jobs are at risk after a chemical company announced plans to end production on Teesside.
Mitsubishi Chemical UK said it had begun a consultation with workers at its plant in Billingham.
It added rapidly escalating gas prices, a downturn in the European economy caused by inflation and weaker demand meant UK manufacturing was no longer viable.
A final decision is expected to be made in January.
The firm said production of methacrylates, which are used in acrylic products and require large quantities of gas, initially stopped in January as part of a planned overhaul and had remained halted since September because of worsening economic factors.
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