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Force majeure on BASF nylon in North America

As a result of a railcar explosion and fire which damaged a caprolactam plant in Freeport, Texas, BASF Corporation...


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September 24, 2002 by Canadian Plastics

As a result of a railcar explosion and fire which damaged a caprolactam plant in Freeport, Texas, BASF Corporation is declaring force majeure, effective immediately, to its nylon customers in North America. Caprolactam is a raw material used in the production of nylon.
Nylon production is continuing at a curtailed rate and it is uncertain how quickly full production might be restored or when force majeure might be lifted.
BASF is committed to restoring full production as quickly as possible.
A railcar containing cyclohexanone oxime exploded and caught fire at the Freeport site on September 13. No serious injuries resulted from the incident.