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Force majeure on nylon-6 compounds, films to remain at Lanxess site in Germany

February 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A force majeure declared by Lanxess on supplies of nylon-6 copolymer-based compounds and film materials produced at its Krefeld-Uerdingen site in Germany, will remain until further notice, reported Chemweek with reference to a spokesperson's statement to OPIS in January.

Lanxess declared force majeure for supplies of the compounds and film materials from the facility on 22 December, 2020. A spokesperson for the company confirmed force majeure had been declared due to a defective chemical-reactor tank.

"We don't know how long the force majeure will last," Lanxess said. It adds that the defective chemical reactor will be repaired or replaced. "As a consequence, Lanxess is not able to produce the materials in adequate amounts and has to limit the existing supply agreements," the spokesperson added.

Lanxess told OPIS it was unable to assess how long delivery of affected products would be restricted.

Nylon-6 copolymer-based compounds are used in the production of automotive parts, and electrical and electronics components. They are also used in the manufacturing process of industrial goods, appliances, and consumer goods.

Lanxess can also produce 120,000 metric tons/year of nylon-6 polymer at the Krefeld-Uerdingen site.

OPIS is an IHS Markit company.

As MRC informed before, in January, 2021, Lanxess completed the sale of its membrane business to French resource management firm SUEZ. The deal was previously announced in July, 2020, as Lanxess realigned its water treatment technologies segment, resulting in the sale of its reverse osmosis membrane business.

We remind that Russia's output of chemical products rose in November 2020 by 9.5% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased in the first eleven months of 2020 by 6.6% year on year, according to Rosstat's data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-November 2020 output. November production of polymers in primary form rose to 896,000 tonnes from 852,000 tonnes in October. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 9,240,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 17.1%  year on year.

Lanxess is a leading specialty chemicals company with about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of Lanxess is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through Arlanxeo, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, Lanxess is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:propylene, ethylene, compounding, petrochemistry, membranes, poliamid, Lanxess, Polyamide PA66, Germany, Russia.
Category:General News
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