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Ministers discuss closure with BASF
The Scottish Government is to hold urgent talks with chemical firm BASF on the future of the company's closure-hit site.
BASF is planning to shut its plant in Paisley, Renfrewshire with the loss of 141 jobs.
The Hawkhead Road factory has produced pigments to colour inks, paints, paper and plastics for almost 60 years.
It is due to shut by the middle of 2015 because of a rapidly changing market and unsustainable manufacturing costs, according to BASF.
"A large part of Paisley's products are used for printing publications and the once high-volume printing industry is shrinking as new technologies reduce demand for pigments ," the company said.
Finance Secretary John Swinney pledged government support for BASF staff and their families.
"The Scottish Government and our agencies will meet with the company as a matter of urgency to discuss options for the site," he said.
"In the meantime we have offered support to BASF through our initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE).
"Through PACE, we will provide a tailored package of support for employees to minimise the time those individuals affected by redundancy are out of work."
The Paisley plant produces around 18,000 tonnes of pigment annually, of which around 80% is exported.
BASF said on its website that the site, which it acquired in 2009, has "very strong links" with the local community and is a regular supporter of local projects.
Last year it took over a plant on the Isle of Lewis which manufactures materials for the pharmaceutical industry. The Callanish site is not affected by today's announcement.