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Fire Hits Kelheim Fibres Facility in Germany, Production Down

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On Sunday, October 14, a fire broke out in the main fiber spinning area at Kelheim Fibres. The fire was extinguished by the company’s own fire brigade with the support of local fire services. No employees were seriously injured, one suffered minor injuries. There were no hazardous discharges to the environment.

The fire caused significant damage to some parts of the fiber spinning lines, and more particularly to electrical cabling, and also structural damage to some parts of the spinning area. Currently two teams of specialists are working on securing the building, removing debris and cleaning up the production area.

Following a first preliminary assessment of the damage caused, a provisional plan for the restart of the production lines has been developed. It was planned to start the first two lines at the end of October 2018, with a further two to follow at the end of November 2018. After four months, it is planned to have started a further four lines, with the remaining two to follow eight months later.

Kelheim Fibres is in direct contact with customers and has informed them of the expected impact on supply. The company is the world’s leading producer of viscose speciality fibers and the most important supplier of viscose fibers for the tampon industry.


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