Rhodia lifts force majeure on polyamide chain in Brazil‏

18 July 2012 23:32  [Source: ICIS news]

MEDELLIN, Colombia (ICIS)--Rhodia has lifted the force majeure (FM) declared in May on its upstream polyamide chain in Brazil, the company said on Wednesday.

Force majeure was declared after a fire damaged the electric cabin of the adipic acid (ADA) production unit at the company’s Paulinia plant in Sao Paulo, Rhodia said.

“Adipic acid production is back to normal levels at Rhodia’s Paulinia unit,” said a company spokesman.

He declined to comment on the investigations into the causes of the fire.

According to the ICIS plants and projects database, the Paulinia plant has an ADA production capacity of 85,000 tonnes/year.

Rhodia also has ADA production capacities of 300,000 tonnes/year in France and 140,000 tonnes/year in South Korea, according to the database.

Rhodia confirmed that the company’s facilities in South Korea and France had been providing ADA to the Brazilian nylon production unit during the force majeure.

Rhodia is part of Belgium-based Solvay.

By: Simon West

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