Adhesive manufacturer Jowat says shutdowns in Europe and the U.S., as well as limited freight capacities on land and sea, have had a negative impact on the availability of raw materials essential to adhesive manufacturing.
Jowat says it is facing a disruption to its supply of key raw materials and adhesive intermediates caused by outages at several European and U.S. chemical manufacturers.
Availability of raw materials essential to adhesive manufacturing had already been limited prior to the outages. The situation has been further exacerbated by the recent severe winter weather in the U.S. South, which has led to the loss of a large part of refinery and chemical production capacities in the U.S. This has also impacted the supply chains of Jowat’s international locations.
According to the American Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), supply chains could take weeks or even months to recover.
The situation is made worse by a limited availability of freight capacities. In the global raw material market, this also has a significant impact on the current supply situation in Europe and Asia.
“We regret the current shortage situation and are doing our utmost to remain a reliable supplier and partner for our customers,” says Klaus Kullmann, managing director at Jowat SE.
“Our global orientation helps us operate in a flexible manner and reduce the negative consequences of supply bottlenecks as far as possible. In this unprecedented situation, however, supply disruptions can hardly be avoided.”