SQM’s supply chain flexibility tested as weather damage forces railway closure

By Laura Syrett, Myles McCormick
Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The closure of part of its rail transport system may strain SQM's ability to meet order deadlines, although an emergency trucking operation is being implemented. The company, which produces lithium, iodine, potash and nitrates, maintains that shipments will not be impacted.

Chilean miner Sociedad de Quimica y Minera (SQM) has announced the closure of its rail facility between Coya Sur and Tocopilla in the country’s northern Antofagasta province.

Extreme weather conditions battered central and northern parts of Chile over the past week, causing mine closures in a number of sectors, including copper...

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