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.
For the latest chemical news, data and analysis that directly impacts your business sign up for a free trial to ICIS news - the breaking online news service for the global chemical industry.
Get the facts and analysis behind the headlines from our market leading weekly magazine: sign up to a free trial to ICIS Chemical Business.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX). Download the free tabular data and a chart of the historical index|
Asian Chemical Connections