Buyer of Bayer CropScience factory says 'business as usual'

The buyer of a crop chemical site in Norfolk said it would be investing to ensure its "long-term viability" and the future of 250 jobs.

Bayer CropScience has sold the 114-acre site in Sweet Briar Road, Norwich, to Aurelius.

The factory has been renamed Briar Chemicals Ltd and will make crop protection and specialty industrial chemicals.

The firm said the site was in "outstanding" condition.

A spokesman for German-based Aurelius said it planned to invest in a wastewater treatment plant and "a multi-production facility" which would "assure the long-term viability of Briar Chemicals and its approximately 250 jobs."

"For the 250 employees, this means a good outlook for the future, and their health and safety will remain a top priority," he said.

Tim Green, site manager at Briar Chemicals Ltd said: "We are exceptionally busy at the moment and it is good that the future of the site has been secured as a going concern.

"As far as we are concerned, it's business as usual and we look forward to the challenges ahead."

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