Rhone-Poulenc Chimie Australia Pty Ltd (Rhone-Poulenc), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the French company Rhone-Poulenc Chimie, operates a Gallium Plant at Pinjarra, 88km south of Perth. The Gallium Plant site has been developed on a 20 ha area within its 500 ha property. Recently, the plant was put on care and maintenance due to an over-supply of gallium on the world market.
The company proposes to use a small portion of the site to establish a chemical batching and packaging plant in which it has extensive operating experience in the eastern states. The batching plant will formulate a range of polymers and herbicides currently being formulated at other Rhone-Poulenc sites in Queensland and New South Wales.