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Mothballing

A practice in which a company keeps equipment in a factory or other production facility in working order but does not use it on a constant basis. This is useful when a company has high operating costs and it would be more expensive to use the facility. Mothballing allows the company to save its expenses and still use the facility when needed.

mothballing

see CAPACITY.
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The steel works at Redcar, which is to be mothballed, with the loss of up to 1,700 jobs
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In 1996, Saudi Aramco brought some of the mothballed desalting units and other facilities at Safaniyah back into operation.
To reduce the hazard of falling material, it should be inspected when mothballed and again annually with any indication of failure repaired promptly.
However, since May 2000 the Graham company has been mothballed over ongoing legal tussles and tangles.
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No plans have been made to resume operations, however, company officials say the mill will not be mothballed.
A TORY AM's idea to have the Llanwern steelworks mothballed was last night branded as "insensitive lunacy".
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Upset by the news that the SSI steel plant at Redcar is to be mothballed, Graham Wright felt compelled to spread a campaiging message.