France's Arkema lifts force majeure on methylene chloride output

07 May 2012 15:26  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--French specialty chemical firm Arkema lifted force majeure on methylene chloride production on 2 May, a company source said on Monday.

Force majeure was declared at the end of March as a result of technical problems at the producer’s 120,000 tonne/year plant in Lavera, France.

The plant was shut for a planned two-week turnaround on 10 March. The technical problems emerged when the producer attempted to restart the plant.

Arkema finally restarted production on 11 April, but force majeure remained in effect while the producer rebuilt its inventories.

Other methylene chloride producers in Europe include Solvay, AkzoNobel, INEOS ChlorVinyls and Dow.

By: Samuel Weatherlake
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