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Formosa Point Comfort fire impacts US HDPE supplies

3:38 PM MDT | May 20, 2013 | —Clay Boswell

A fire at Formosa Plastics’ Point Comfort, TX, on 2 May injured 16 people and shut down the PE-1 high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit, which produces Formolene high-molecular-weight (HMW) HDPE bimodal resin. The company declared force majeure (FM) on the product on 6 May. “At this point, it is estimated that the remaining production line will start up by late June,” Ken Mounger, v.p. and general manager/polyolefins division, says in a letter to customers issued 14 May. “The quantity of product that will be allocated for the month of June...

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