Georgia Gulf Corp. (GGC) declares force majeure on shipments of polyvinyl chloride on raw material shortage

Georgia Gulf, due to reduced ethylene supply and reduced operating rates for chlorine at its production facility in Plaquemine, La., has declared a force majeure for PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shipments. The company expects the force majeure to impact PVC shipments for the next few months. "The reduced ethylene supply is the result of a force majeure declared by a major supplier that significantly impacted our ability to procure this essential ingredient for producing PVC," said Joseph Breunig, executive vice president - Chemicals. "The reduced operating rate at our Plaquemine chloralkali facility is due to operational issues that have decreased the plant's effective production capacity by approximately 33%," Breunig said. An evaluation of the operational issues is being conducted, and the length and cost of necessary repairs is still being analyzed.
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