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11-27-2018

Raw Material Supply at BASF Endangered

Low Water at the Acces River Rhine

The water level of river Rhine is currently on an all-time low, impacting transport by ship. Therefore BASF has to stop its TDI production until further notice (© MEV Verlag/Pohl Michael)

The water level of river Rhine is currently on an all-time low, impacting transport by ship.

Despite maximum shift to alternative means of transport (pipeline, trucks and rail), not all raw materials can be supplied to BASF’s Ludwigshafen site. Therefore, BASF will have to stop the TDI production in Ludwigshafen.

Restart of production depends on improved Rhine water level. BASF is in close contact with its customers.

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TDI (toluene diisocyanate) is an important starting material for the special plastic polyurethane. It is used to a large extent in the furniture industry (elastic foams for mattresses, upholstery or wood coatings) as well as in the automotive industry (seat cushions).

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BASF SE

DE 67056 Ludwigshafen
Tel.: 0621 60-0
Fax: 0621 60-42525

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