Recently, Dow Chemical Europe Limited announced force majeure, with immediate effect. It is suitable for all polyether polyols containing ethylene oxide (EO). The influence devices are temeuzen in the Netherlands and Tertre in Belgium.
EO production has been interrupted due to accidents and unforeseen circumstances caused by the failure of EO related units, and EO from temeuzen Dow plant in the Netherlands declared force majeure
Therefore, the EO supply of polyols was interrupted, and the production of products containing EO was affected. Products include but are not limited to:
VORANOLT CP 6001 Polyol，SPECFLEXTM NC632 ，SPECFLEXMNCI38，VORANOLTMCP 4711 Polyol ，VORANOL CP 4755 Polyol，VORANOL CP 4702 Polyol，VORANOL.M CP 4610 Polyol，VORANOLTM 4701Polyol， VORAL.UXTMHF505 ，VORANOLIMEP1900，VORANOLTM6150，VORANOL.M4150，VORANOL3322Polyol，VORANO1.M3535 Polyol，Copolymer Polyols and Blends such as SPECFLEXTMNC702，VORALUXMHL.106，HL108，HL109.HL 400.HL。 500.HL.510.HL 515.HL525.HN 615.HN 625.VORANOLM1421.and VORANOLTM 1447
The formulation based on these polyols will also be affected, but not limited to specflex, volaluxt spectrum, volalas energy, hyper specfil, volamer, volastar, duralast, volaforce enhancer.
Dow said that it has written to the customer, and the customer should contact Dow in time if there is any problem.
It is understood that Dow's plant in the Netherlands announced on October 2 that the production of polyether polyols containing EO was affected by force majeure due to the interruption of raw material EO supply. Its raw material EO has resumed supply on October 7. However, due to the backlog of orders, it is expected that the Force Majeure will continue until the end of October.
Ethylene oxide is one of the most important raw materials for the synthesis of ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide is mainly used in the production of ethylene glycol, followed by the production of non-ionic surfactants, polyether polyols, ethanolamines, ethylene oxide ethers, polyamines (including piperazine), hydroxyethyl cellulose, choline chloride and liquids with special functions. It is mainly used in washing, printing and dyeing, electronics, medicine, pesticide, textile, papermaking, automobile, petroleum exploration and refining And other fields and industries.
The world's major refined ethylene oxide producers include Sinopec, PetroChina, Dow, shell, BASF, Ineos, Huntsman, Liaoning oak, Sanjiang Chemical, Far East United Petrochemical, etc. Among them, Dow's production capacity is 990000 tons / year, accounting for 8.25% of the world's major ethylene oxide production enterprises. At the beginning of 2021, force majeure appeared in Dow, which will have a certain impact on the supply of ethylene oxide and polyether polyols, as well as the chemical market, and also bring a certain degree of panic.