France's Rhodia Polyamide lifts year-long FM on nylon 6,6 chain

25 October 2010 20:04  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Rhodia Polyamide’s year-long force majeure (FM) on its European nylon (polyamide) 6,6 chain has been lifted, the French company announced on Monday.

The initial FM was implemented in October 2009 after declining water levels in the Rhine river critically hampered the supply of raw materials, most notably butadiene (BD), a feedstock for the adiponitrile (ADN) used to make nylon 6,6.

In March 2010, the company extended its declaration, based largely on continued BD shortages. Water levels on the Rhine had returned to normal, but BD production constraints and FMs at Saudi major SABIC continued to impair the sourcing of nylon 6,6 feedstocks.

The company did not elaborate on factors prompting the lifting of the measure, but said it would affect nylon 6,6 polymer, intermediates, compounds and performance fibres.

Despite the eased supply restrictions, “procurement logistics have been rendered difficult” as a result of the recent labour tensions in France, a Rhodia spokesperson said.

However, blockades by striking workers at France's oil refineries and fuel depots have started to clear, according to media reports.

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By: Larry Terry
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