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Ineos Nitriles declares force majeure for acrylonitrile from Cologne

Following a shortfall in the feedstock propylene, on 11 January 2010 the nitriles division of Ineos (Lyndhurst / UK; www.ineos.com) declared force majeure for acrylonitrile from Cologne. A company spokesman told the newsletter Plastics Information Europe (PIE, Bad Homburg / Germany; www.pieweb.com) that the FM is a late result of the closure of cracker 4 on 10 December 2009.

While the group has been able to source enough propylene until now, its present feedstock supply falls short of demand. It remains unclear when the FM will be lifted.

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