10 June 2013 14:29 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--US-based Huntsman has extended its existing force majeure to standard crude MDI and associated variants from its Rozenburg site in the Netherlands because of recent constraints upstream and downstream in addition to technical problems at the site, according to company correspondence on Monday.
The force majeure on its standard MDI grade and associated variants came into effect on 7 June.
This follows Huntsman's force majeure declaration on pure MDI and MDI based variants, which came into effect in the second half of April and was linked to limitations in their supply chain.
Following a delayed plant restart in early May after planned maintenance, MDI production has been running steadily at the site over the last few weeks, after the resolution of recent upstream and downstream constraints.
However, at the end of May a technical difficulty interrupted output at the MDI M2 plant at the site.
Under normal circumstances, the latter interruption would not have caused MDI supply irregularities, added the company, who said that the current force majeure is continuing to impact its supply of MDI products.
The company said it is unable to provide details on the possible duration of the force majeure, but made it clear that it is working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
The nameplate capacity for MDI at the Rozenburg site is 400,000 tonnes/year.
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