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German chemical plant explosion injures 12

06 August 2015

An explosion in a nitrogen tank at Huntsman’s white pigment factory at the Uerdingen ChemPark site near Krefeld in Germany injured 12, three seriously, according to local police. One seriously injured person was flown to hospital by helicopter. There was no subsequent fire, but emergency services deployed 130 personnel to the site.

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Emergency responders have cordoned off a 150-metre area surrounding the site, and access to the plant is restricted. The authorities are running tests to determine if dust at  the affected area contains asbestos. 

The Uerdingen site, located 30 kilometers north of Duesseldorf, employs approximately 600 Huntsman staff and contractors. 

The site produces TiO2, copperas, iron oxide, and products used in the manufacturing of plastics, coatings, paper, laminate, catalysts and ceramics.

Huntsman acquired the Uerdingen site on Oct. 1, 2014, as part of its acquisition of the Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide(TiO2) businesses of Rockwood Holdings Inc.

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