On July 10, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m., there was an explosion in a catalyst charging tank containing peroxide at the allnex manufacturing site in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Two employees sustained injuries and were immediately taken to the hospital for further treatment. One employee was discharged from the hospital the same day. The other employee was admitted to the hospital with burns. The management team of the plant contacted the employee’s family to offer support and assistance.
The explosion caused a localized fire which was extinguished by the fire department. The roof of the production building and the structures surrounding the catalyst tank were damaged. The site was secured and production is halted until further notice.
The causes and consequences of the incident are under further investigation and follow-up.
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allnex is the world's leading manufacturer of industrial coating resins and additives for architectural, industrial, protective, automotive and specialty coatings and inks. allnex is recognized as a pioneer in specialty chemistry, offering an extensive product range that includes innovative liquid resins and additives, radiation-curing and powder coating resins and additives, and crosslinkers for use on wood, metal, plastic and other surfaces. Today, allnex has a strong global presence with 4000 employees worldwide, 33 production sites and 23 research and technology centers.