Columbian Chemicals, Dow declare force majeure in Katrina´s wake

Akron, Ohio –Two suppliers to the rubber industry have declared force majeure–the voiding of supply contracts because of acts of God–as a result of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction in Louisiana.

Columbian Chemicals Co. said the hurricane caused minimal damage to its North Bend, Louisiana, carbon black plant, but it foresaw limits to its production and shipment capabilities because of the suspension of rail activity, the short supply of Hopper trucks and the closure of the port of New Orleans.

In a Sept. 1 letter to customers, Columbian said…

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