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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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I peered into the back seat to check that Mothball was alright.
When we finish ship two at the end of the next year, we will have to make a decision over whether to mothball the yard.
We hope it is a proper mothball and that the company is genuine and that this plant can be restarted because we do believe there are credible people out there who want to take this plant over.
Managing director Fred Newman said: "Friday is the day when the yard moves from production to mothball and activity is concentrated on care and maintenance and relocation of kit.
Any decision to mothball is likely to lead to a very significant number of redundancies.
CORUS has come under fire from North East MPs for its "shortsighted" decision to mothball Teesside Cast Products (TCP), when the region will be "crying out for steel" to build the infrastructure to support the new low-carbon economy.
We very much regret having to mothball the quarry at such a difficult time.
May 8, 2009: Corus announces its plan to mothball the Teesside Cast Products blast furnace.
Owner Corus confirmed it will begin to mothball the Redcar plant today with the loss of up to 1,600 jobs.
POWERGEN is to mothball two of its power stations because of overcapacity in the market.