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Dow Declares Force Majeure for Caustic Soda
Friday, June 06, 2008

The Dow Chemical Co. has declared force majeure for 50% Liquid Caustic Soda. North American and some Latin American customers sourced from the U.S. Gulf Coast will be placed on approximately 90 percent allocation immediately. The force majeure will remain in effect for a minimum of three months.

The force majeure at the Freeport, Texas, manufacturing site was caused by a potential production issue in a critical area that resulted in an involuntary shutdown. This incident has compounded the effect of other unavoidable operational and equipment disruptions which we have successfully managed to date without interrupting supply to our customers.

"At the Freeport site, we identified and avoided a critical production issue, but we must shut down the unit until we can make the necessary repairs," said John Sampson, business director, Chlor-Alkali. "Our employees in Freeport are working to resolve the issues and remain committed to safe and efficient production of caustic soda."

Dow is the world's leading producer of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), which is an essential ingredient in an array of industrial operations, including pulp and paper, textiles, soap and detergents, bleach, petroleum products and alumina, along with many other uses in the chemical processing industry.

Source: Dow Chemical Co.

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