Crompton Plant Recovering from Fire


Crompton Corp. said yesterday that it has resumed production of polyalphaolefins at its Elmira, Ontario, plant, which was damaged during a June 11 fire. Lines of some other products – such as alkylated diphenylamine antioxidants – are still sidelined, but the company said it expects them to start up again soon.

The fire interrupted production of most materials – all except those that do not generate much wastewater. A spokeswoman confirmed that deliveries to customers would be affected.

The company said in a news release yesterday that its Synton brand PAO operations are now running at full rates and that shipments have resumed. It added that it expects other products to come back on stream in the near future.

In the meantime, the companys Petroleum Additives business said it is working off inventories and bringing in material from other production sites in Asia and Europe and potentially Latin America.

Crompton announced just last month that it had expanded capacity in Elmira to make alkylated diphenylamine antioxidants. Those products are also manufactured at its plant in Latina, Italy.

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