BASF declares Force Majeure for citral, derivatives

Plant shutdown after fire for four weeks; affects vitamins A and E for animal nutrition.

Due to a fire caused by a technical equipment failure that occurred March 12 at BASF's citral plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 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, BASF said the Force Majeure event will lead to a shutdown period of four weeks from now.

BASF noted that the resulting effects of the 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, it will supply customers on a pro-rata basis. The Force Majeure situation is not related to any product safety or quality issues, the company said.

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

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