WAYNE, N.J. (Oct. 3, 2008) — International Specialty Products Inc. said it has resumed production at its ISP Elastomers plant in Port Neches, Texas. The SBR producer had declared force majeure at the plant on Sept. 15 after shutting down production in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
Orders will be taken on a normal basis for the following SBR grades: SBR 1006, 1009AF, 1011AC, 1011AE, 1012, 1013 and 4503.
Force majeure will remain in effect on all other grades until ISP rebuilds sufficient inventory, Tim Gorman, vice president for elastomers, said in a statement. For those grades, ISP will continue to allocate shipments by grade according to the terms of customer contracts, after which it will take into consideration the limited supply and each customer's purchasing history over the past six months.
Gorman said damage to the plant itself was relatively minor. “Electrical power and other utilities have been restored to the entire area,” he said. “Key raw materials for the most part are available again, and the majority of our employees have returned to work.”