Huntsman Dutch MDI ops normalises, but FM remains due to backlog

22 May 2013 18:16  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--US-based Huntsman’s methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) operations at Rozenburg, the Netherlands, are now running at normal rates following the resolution of upstream and downstream constraints, a company source said on Wednesday.

However, a force majeure on pure MDI and MDI-based variants is likely to remain in place for several weeks as the significant backlog continues to be worked through, the source added.

The overall nameplate capacity of Huntsman's MDI operations at the site is 400,000 tonnes/year.

The facility came back online in early May following a delayed restart after a planned maintenance turnaround which began in the second half of March.

The restart of the MDI plant in May had been hindered by upstream and downstream limitations from third parties, which resulted in Huntsman’s force majeure declaration on certain MDI grades.

By: Heidi Finch
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