19 February 2013 17:42 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience has declared force majeure on the supply of standard and specialty toluene diisocyanate (TDI) products in North America effective 15 February following technical issues, the Germany-based producer confirmed on Tuesday.
Supply was impaired due to equipment failure in one of two TDI units at the company’s Baytown, Texas, manufacturing facility, it added.
Maintenance work was scheduled to take place at the TDI and methyl di-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) operations in Baytown starting at the end of January. It was expected to last for around nine weeks.
Market sources suggested the maintenance work was likely to have been staggered between units, with none of the individual maintenances lasting the full nine weeks. However, this was not confirmed at source.
The nameplate TDI capacity at Baytown is estimated to be around 220,000 tonne/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.
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