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BASF to declare FM on polybutylene terephthalate

June 15/2011

(ICIS) -- BASF has declared force majeure on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and reduced output volumes because of limited availability of feedstock butanediol (BDO), the chemicals major said on Wednesday.

Europes largest PBT producer declared force majeure on PBT base polymer and compounds, both marketed under the BASF trade name Ultradur, on 7 June. However, it is still producing material.

BASFs Ludwigshafen facility is not currently producing BDO because of a lack of raw material acetylene. Production of the feedstock was disrupted following a fire in a precursor plant at the facility on 30 May. The company declared force majeure on BDO on 31 May.

PBT production at the 100 KTa facility in Schwarzheide, Germany, will be increased once BDO stock is more readily available, the source said. In the meantime, its customers are on allocation.

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