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Ludwigshafen Fire Incident Interrupts Supply of BASF’s Acrylic Specialty Chemicals

Published on 2016-11-01. Author : SpecialChem

Recent Fire Broke Out at BASF's Plant
Recent Fire Broke Out
at BASF's Plant
LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany -- BASF has declared Force Majeure on deliveries of some acrylic monomer based specialty chemicals from BASF’s sites in Ludwigshafen and Tarragona until further notice. This announcement is consequence of the fire incident took place recently at the North Harbour at BASF SE in Ludwigshafen. The chemicals include:
  • Dispersions
  • Dispersion powders 
  • Hotmelts 

The announcement includes chemicals under Acronal®, acResin®, Acrodur®, ACROSOL® E 20 D, AQAGloss®, Basonal®, Col.9®, Epotal® and Luhydran® brands.

Restricted Production Output

While the plants for the above mentioned products are not affected by the incident, impacts on logistics as well as raw materials are given.

Due to the fire, the raw material supply of the steam crackers was halted; also other Verbund plants were idled or production reduced.

Many plants, such as one of the steam crackers, have resumed operations in the meantime.

As of today product inventories are nearly exhausted and the production output is restricted due to still limited access to key raw materials. Under the current circumstances a delivery via barge, rail or tank car is also limited.

BASF is currently not able to specify how long this situation will last. Meanwhile BASF is implementing measures to limit the consequences for its customers and will continuously inform them about the development and the details regarding the supply capability with the affected products.

About BASF‘s Dispersions & Pigments division

The Dispersions & Pigments division of BASF develops, produces and markets a range of high-quality pigments, resins, additives and polymer dispersions worldwide. These raw materials are used in formulations for coatings and paints, printing and packaging products, construction chemicals, adhesives, fiber bondings, plastics, paper as well as for electronic applications such as displays. With its comprehensive product portfolio and its extensive knowledge of the industry, the Dispersions & Pigments division offers its customers innovative and sustainable solutions and helps them advance their formulations.  

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Source: BASF
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