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DOW RESUMES FULL OPERATIONS FOR ACRYLIC ACID AND ESTERS IN GERMANY AND TEXAS
November 1, 2004
The Dow Chemical Co. and its affiliated companies in Europe (collectively "Dow") has announced that it has resumed full Acrylates operations in Boehlen, Germany, and Clear Lake, TX, where critical equipment failures caused sudden, unplanned outages in September. The separate and unrelated events forced the company to declare force majeure for acrylic acid and esters production at both manufacturing sites. "Several factors depleted our inventories and produced an industry-wide shortage for acrylates products even before our circumstances led to force majeure," said Doug May, global business director for Dow Acrylates. "These factors include unusually high demand and unplanned manufacturing events announced by multiple producers throughout the industry, which heightened the effect of our own short supply."