ITEM 2.05 Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.
On August 17, 2023, the management team of Trinseo PLC (the “Company”), upon authorization from the Company’s Board of Directors, approved a restructuring plan (the “Plan”) designed to optimize its PMMA sheet network, primarily in Europe, and consolidate manufacturing operations. The Plan includes closure of certain plants and product lines, including (i) closure of manufacturing operations at the Company’s PMMA cast sheets plant in Bronderslev, Denmark, (ii) closure of manufacturing operations at the Company’s batch polyester tray casting plant in Belen, New Mexico, and (iii) closure of its PMMA extruded sheet production line at its Rho, Italy plant. The Plan also includes certain other workforce reductions to streamline the Company’s internal general & administrative network. These actions are part of a previously announced restructuring initiative, which is expected to include the potential closure of the Company’s Terneuzen, the Netherlands styrene plant pending final approval from the Company’s board.
The Plan is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2024. The Company expects to incur total restructuring charges in connection with the Plan ranging from approximately $22 million to $27 million. The total charges will consist of approximately $10 million to $12 million of severance benefits to affected employees; approximately $8 million to $9 million of asset-related charges, primarily for accelerated depreciation; approximately $2 million to $4 million related to decommissioning and demolition costs; and approximately $1 million to $3 million of other costs. Of these charges, approximately $19 million to $24 million are expected to be incurred in 2023, with the majority of the remainder expected to be incurred through 2024. The cash amount of these charges, primarily related to severance benefits to affected employees, is expected to be approximately $12 million to $14 million with substantially all charges expected to be incurred by the end of 2024. However, the actual timing and costs of the Plan may differ from the Company’s current expectations and estimates and such differences may be material. These charges are subject to ongoing negotiations with works councils, industrial associations and government authorities.
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