US Dow declares force majeure on MDI products

23 March 2012 23:26  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based Dow Chemical has declared force majeure on all methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) products made at its sites in Freeport and La Porte, Texas, the company said on Friday.

The declaration came after mechanical failure of a piece of essential production equipment on 19 March at the company's MDI operations in Freeport, Dow said.

The Freeport site has an MDI capacity of 272,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

The failure has significantly affected the company's ability to make MDI products and meet its supply commitments, Dow said. "We are working swiftly to return to production as soon as possible," the company said.

Dow did not mention allocation levels or say when normal production would resume.

Additional reporting by Al Greenwood and Leela Landress

By: Ron Coifman
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