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2022 Accidents and disruptions in the Feed Industry

In this article, we will delve into the notable accidents and disruptions that occurred in the feed industry during 2022 and examine the industry’s response to mitigate their impacts. Disclaimer: These are just a few selected examples of the news we share with our members during 2022. If you also want to be the first to know and have unbiased information in record time Click here.

2022 Accidents and disruptions in the Feed Industry

Below are some of the most important Accidents and disruptions in the Feed industry we reported to our customers during 2022:

1. DSM halts feed-grade Vitamin A and E production

Royal DSM announces a halt to Rovimix® Vitamin A production in Switzerland, for at least 2 months commencing January 2, 2023 amid higher energy costs foreseen for winter. Rovimix® Vitamin E 50% production will be significantly impacted as well due to its common upstream infrastructure. _21/NOV/2022 _

2. Adisseo adjusts Methionine, Vitamin A production in Europe

Adisseo management announced that the Dl-Methionine production would be temporarily stopped at its Commentry site due to an increase of energy and raw material costs, as well as demand stagnation. This plant represents more than 10% of European Methionine capacity. _28/OCT/2022 _

3. Phosphorus fertilizer producer Lifosa suspends activities

Phosphates manufacturer Lifosa, based in Lithuania, stops operations due to the lack of one of the main raw materials, ammonia. The company is a 100% owned subsidiary of EuroChem Group which is majority owned by sanctioned Russian Andrei Melnichenko. Due to sanctions against Russia, Lifosa’s operations were suspended for four months from May to August already. _12/SEP/2022 _

4. Urea: gas prices force SKW Stickstoffwerke to halt production

One of Germany’s large fertilizer manufacturer, SKW Piesteritz, started the annual overhaul of its plants. The scheduled shutdown should be over by mid-August. Because of extremely high gas prices, it has still not put a facility back into operation. _09/SEP/2022 _

5. Vitamin C: DSM gives all-clear after fire in Jiangshan plant

A chemical factory in China’s Jiangsu province caught fire on Sept 1, 2022. There were video coverage and unofficial market reports overnight suggesting that the factory affected was DSM Jiangshan Pharmaceutical (Jiangshan plant), a major producer of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid). _02/SEP/2022 _

6. Zinc: Boliden declared force majeure in Norway

Swedish miner Boliden has declared force majeure on Zinc deliveries to Europe due to a strike among Norwegian electrochemical industry workers, although some production is still running. The strike is targeting several electrochemical plants, including Boliden’s zinc smelter in Odda and Glencore’s nickel refinery in Kristiansand as well as aluminum output at Norsk Hydro and Alcoa. _25/AUG/2022 _

7. Methionine: CJ Malaysia suspends production, reports financials

CJ Bio Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (CJM) announced that its L-Methionine plant will stop production immediately and is expected to resume production by the end of September earliest. The company will perform maintenance and repair works after a fire damaged some equipment in mid-July. _08/AUG/2022 _

8. Methionine: fire at CheilJedang plant in Malaysia

A fire broke out at the CJ CheilJedang Methionine plant in Malaysia, and was extinguished by more than 60 firefighters within one hour. Three workers were injured when the third floor of a building caught fire during maintenance works. _26/JUL/2022 _

9. Floods: heavy rains in Henan province

China’s province of Henan and Yellow River area saw heavy rains and floods causing a death toll of over 33, as well as disruptions to water and power supply. _22/JUL/2022 _

10. Amino acids plant in France down after accident

METabolic EXplorer (METEX) informed about a force majeure situation due to a leakage of hydrochloric acid in its Amiens site (L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Valine), which it recently acquired from Ajinomoto. _26/MAY/2022 _

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