|Press Release of Recticel – 19 October 2017|
|RECTICEL PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON THE NON-CONFORM BASF TDI ISSUE
On 10 October 2017, Recticel announced that on 5 October 2017 it received a notification from BASF stating that between 25 August 2017 and 29 September 2017, polluted toluene diisocyanate (“TDI”) – more particularly Lupranate T80 A – has been supplied by the BASF plant in Ludwigshafen (Germany) to five Recticel sites, producing flexible polyurethane foams for the industry. BASF is one of the major suppliers of TDI and other BASF customers have been confronted with the same issue and have received similar notifications.
Recticel’s primary concern is the safety of its employees, of the employees of its customers, and of end-consumers. Therefore, Recticel has immediately stopped production and deliveries at the affected sites, and has taken all required safety measures.
Recticel now confirms that all affected sites have restarted production with conform TDI. All affected foam products still in the Recticel sites have been quarantined, and in close cooperation with its customers, Recticel has completed the traceability exercise to identify all affected foam deliveries.
Yesterday, BASF has released a further statement, providing (i) clarity with regard to the safety concern and risk associated with the non-conform BASF TDI, stating no health risk, and (ii) their offer – as a precautionary measure – to collect all foam products produced with non-conform BASF TDI for the bedding and upholstery industries.
Recticel is informing its affected customers with more detailed information in this regard, and remains committed to limit the impact for its customers to the maximum extent possible.