On Oct. 13, 2017, BASF detected a technical flaw in the ecoflex plant at its Ludwigshafen site. Due to a defect in the heating circuit of the plant, a small amount of a thermal oil has entered the production process. To repair the defect, the plant was shut down. In addition to ecoflex, the derived product ecovio was also impacted. For this reason, BASF declared Force Majeure for the compostable bio-plastics ecoflex and ecovio.