HOUSTON - Just more than a year after an explosion and fire leveled part of its plant in Belpre, Ohio, Shell Chemical Co. on June 1 lifted its declaration of force majeure for Kraton G polymers. Shell's Kraton resins are used as impact modifiers for a wide variety of resins, and the disruption in their supply caused by the explosion and fire combined with other factors to increase prices for impact-modified plastics throughout the second half of 1994. Kraton resins also are used in adhesives, sealants, coatings and other compounds.
Houston-based Shell said it now can meet its customers' needs, and is continuing to streamline its production units to provide capacity for continued growth.
The May 27, 1994, accident killed three workers.