Background information on Rhodia's Oldbury site
What we do
Solvay's Oldbury Site manufactures a range of different chemicals, all based on phosphorus. These products are used in a wide range of everyday items such as mobile phones, children's nightwear, pharmaceuticals and detergents, as well as to treat water and help increase oil well production.As a chemicals manufacturer, the health and safety of our employees and our neighbours, and respect for the environment is central to all we do. Full details of Oldbury's health, safety and environment policy are available here.
Five key facts about Solvay Oldbury
- We employ approximately 250 people across the site in production, finance, human resources, product stewardship, logistics and procurement.
- We are the world leader in phosphorus-based chemistry and manufacturing.
- We produce up to 80,000 tonnes p.a. of a wide range of products.
- We manufacture more than 150 different products which are used in a diverse range of end applications – such as pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, metal treatment and in oilfields.
- We export over 50 percent of all products manufactured to every continent of the world.
Chemical manufacturing dates back to 1840, when a 29 year old chemist called Arthur Albright began manufacturing phosphorus at Oldbury.
Our local community
Oldbury does all it can to maintain close relations with our neighbours. For example, we produce a regular community newsletter to keep the local community informed of the latest developments on the site. Here are the latest newsletters:
February 2013: “Hello Solvay… Goodbye Rhodia”
August 2012: "New Site Director at the Oldbury site"
2012-13 Calendar for the local community
Every year the Oldbury Site dedicates focused time to safety training which every member of staff must attend. These ‘safety days’ go above and beyond the regular testing and training which is a fundamental part of what we do.
It’s a time when everyone gets together – so it’s a great opportunity to shake a bucket in front of people and raise funds for a good cause!
Our most recent safety day fundraiser was led by employees Vic Walters and Lesley Clark, who raised a fantastic £224 for the Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust from employee donations.
With hospices in Selly Oak, Walsall and Worcester, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people - and their families – across the heart of England. These children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Another good cause receiving Oldbury Site support.
If you have any questions or concerns about our operations at the Oldbury Site, please don't hesitate to contact us on the following email address: email@example.com or call us on 0121 552 3333.
If you'd like to be kept informed of news about the Oldbury Site by email, just send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll ensure you receive alerts and regular updates. Wewill not pass on your details to any third party.
Close neighbours of the Solvay Oldbury Site need to be aware of the key steps to take in the event of a chemical emergency. Click on the link below to view...
The Oldbury Site won the highest safety award from the UK Chemical Industries Association, the Diamond Award, in recognition of its excellent workplace safety record between 2000 and 2010. Only those companies who have met the most stringent gold performance criteria for 10 consecutive years can receive the prestigious Diamond Award, which was presented to Tom Dutton, HSE Director.