ERJ staff report (DS)
Geleen, Netherlands -- After DSM Elastomers declared Force Majeure last week on an EPDM plant in Geleen, the company has said repairs to its largest Geleen line will be tedious and trime-consuming.
The company -- which is in the final stages of completing a sale to Lanxess AG -- said its supply of electrical power suddenly and unexpectedly stopped, leaving its reactor full of partially-reacted EPDM material. The cleaning operations will take time andit may be perhaps months before sales levels are fully restored said the company.
The company is still making EPDM in two of its three reactors at the Geleen site. All three are affected, but the largest of the three is out of action for an extended period.
DSM said, "The force majeure sees on all Keltan EPDM product produced at the Chemelot site in
Geleen, The Netherlands. While at this stage it is not possible to determine when the
sales level will be fully restored, the possibility that this may take several months
should be taken into account."
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Press release from DSM Elastomers