Plant shutdown after fire: BASF declares Force Majeure for citral and derivatives

Shutdown period of four weeks

20-Mar-2014 - Germany

Due to a fire caused by a technical equipment failure that occurred at BASF’s citral plant in Ludwigshafen on March 12, the company had to shut down the plant and is forced to declare force majeure on citral-based aroma chemicals as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin E products for human and animal nutrition.

Based on current best technical estimation, the Force Majeure event will lead to a shutdown period of four weeks from now.

The resulting effects of the Force Majeure situation for customers are currently being evaluated. Meanwhile BASF is implementing measures to limit the consequences of the situation.

To the extent BASF has products available on stock, we will supply our customers on a pro-rata basis.

BASF will continuously inform customers about the development and the details regarding our supply capability with the affected products.

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