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FACT SHEET 2013-3 Spolek Emergency Flood Planning Implemented


Tomorrow Wednesday June 5 is likely to be the second worst flooding of the Elbe river (Labe in Czech) since 1947. The river in Usti nad Labem is predicted to peak at a level of 11,3 metres tomorrow morning. The peak of the infamous 2002 flood was 11,7 metres in Usti nad Labem. There is already widespread flooding in the Czech Republic and Germany. Many companies operating alongside the river have already been forced to stop operations.

At Spolek our crisis committee met on Sunday June 2 when the river reached 6 metres (the 3. Level of flood emergency) and was still rising rapidly. Safety and environmental protection remain our highest priority and a scaled site shutdown was implemented and critical equipment moved from areas at risk. We are still producing and shipping products but we are already implementing a staged shutdown of the entire site due to the predicted seriousness of the flood. Trucks will continue to be able to access the site normally so we plan to continue to supply materials from stock normally throughout the week.

We currently believe that we can begin start up again over the weekend of June 8/9 and be running more or less normally on Tuesday morning June 11, provided water levels drop below 7,5 metres. We have stocks to cover the brief production stop and for most product lines sufficient capacity to catch up next week. However, inevitably some shipments will have to be delayed or rescheduled.

We are not declaring force majeure because we currently foresee only minor disruption to supply. We will continue to communicate status over the next few days.

For more information please see FACT SHEET 3/2013 or contact our sales representatives.


Kamila Vítek Derynková

Marketing Manager


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