BASF declares force majeure from US TDI plant

Zachary Moore

24-Jul-2020

HOUSTON (ICIS)–BASF has declared force majeure from its toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant in Geismar, Louisiana, a company spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

The plant has a capacity of 160,000 tonnes/year, according to the ICIS Supply and Demand Database.

TDI supplies in the US have been sufficient to meet demand in recent months as the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak resulted in reduced consumption for TDI and downstream polyurethane systems.

Demand has started to pick up from the low points seen in April and May as automotive plants are resuming production while demand for furniture and bedding is starting to approach pre-crisis levels.

TDI is mainly used for the production of polyurethane (PU) flexible foams used in upholstery, mattresses and automotive seats.

Major US TDI producers include BASF and Covestro.

Thumbnail image shows a foam mattress. Image by Shutterstock

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