PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
AdvanSix (ASIX) today informed its phenol customers that it is declaring force majeure as a result of shortages and delivery delays of its key raw material, cumene. The Company’s cumene deliveries have been reduced driven by weather-related logistics disruptions in the Gulf Coast area and supplier operational constraints. As a result of this force majeure event, phenol production at the Company’s Frankford, Pennsylvania facility and caprolactam production at its Hopewell, Virginia facility have been reduced.
“We are actively working with a number of suppliers to mitigate the impact of the reduced output on our customers’ operations,” said Erin Kane, president and CEO of AdvanSix. “We are confident in our action plan to return to planned utilization rates, which is expected in approximately two weeks.”
The Company expects to incur an approximately $8 to $10 million unfavorable impact to pre-tax income in the first quarter 2019, including the unfavorable impact of fixed cost absorption, lost sales, and incremental raw material and logistics costs.
The force majeure has been declared only for phenol and will not impact shipments of other products produced at the Company’s Frankford facility, including acetone and alpha-methylstyrene due to adequate inventory levels.
AdvanSix is a leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, a polymer resin which is a synthetic material used by our customers to produce engineered plastics, fibers, filaments and films that, in turn, are used in such end-products as automotive and electronic components, carpets, sports apparel, fishing nets and food and industrial packaging. As a result of our backward integration and the configuration of our manufacturing facilities, we also sell caprolactam, ammonium sulfate fertilizer, acetone and other intermediate chemicals, all of which are produced as part of our Nylon 6 integrated manufacturing chain. More information on AdvanSix can be found at http://www.advansix.com.
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