Carbone Lorraine: EUR 6 million for corrosion resistance center

Carbone Lorraine, the French manufacturer of carbon and graphite-based industrial parts will invest EUR 6.0 million (USD 7.2 million) at its production site in Pagny-sur-Moselle, Lorraine region, nort…

Carbone Lorraine, the French manufacturer of carbon and graphite-based industrial parts will invest EUR 6.0 million (USD 7.2 million) at its production site in Pagny-sur-Moselle, Lorraine region, north-eastern France, to transform it into a center of expertise in the field of noble metal coating for corrosion resistant equipment, it was reported on 11 July 2005. Coating with noble metals such as tantalum, titanium or zirconium is an alternative to the glass-coated or enamelled steel used for the transportation of corrosive fluids in extreme temperature conditions in the chemical industry. The market for corrosive resistant equipment in extreme conditions is estimated at between EUR 250 million (USD 300 million) and EUR 300 million (USD 360 million), the director of the Pagny-sur-Moselle plant explained. Between 80 and 100 jobs will be created by 2010 as part of center, increasing the overall staff at the site to 400. The project is supported by the Lorraine region local authorities with a EUR 600,000 (USD 719,000) subsidy. Part of the old premises in the Pagny-sur-Moselle plant will be demolished in order to make place for a new 3,000 sq m building, which is destined for the hi-tech boiler shop for noble metals coating under the innovative CL CLAD technique, developed by Carbone Lorraine.