Rhodia to lift Chalampe adipic acid FM over Dec holiday period

14 December 2010 16:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Rhodia hopes to lift force majeure (FM) on supplies of adipic acid from its 300,000 tonne/year plant at Chalampe, France, over the Christmas holiday period,  a company source said on Tuesday.

“We hope to start [adipic acid] production on 21 December and be back to normal by 27 December,” the source said.

“This was our original plan which has been communicated to our customers.”

Rhodia was forced to declare FM on adipic acid supplies on Wednesday 8 December because of a breakage in its ketone anone (KA) oil utility, which meant it had to stop adipic acid production.

The FM also impacted downstream H salt (a by-product of adipic acid) and nylon 6,6.

Adipic acid is used in nylon 6,6 fibres and resins, which account for nearly 65% of the product's output. It is also used to produce polyurethanes and as a reactant to form plasticisers, lubricant components and polyester polyols.

Most adipic acid production is carried out by the liquid phase nitric acid oxidation of KA oil, a cyclohexanon cyclohexanol mix.

($1 = €0.75)

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By: Julia Meehan
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