BMS lifts FM on pure MDI and derivatives in Europe, ME and Africa

12 May 2014 14:27 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has lifted the force majeure on pure methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) and derivatives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with immediate effect, following the completion of repairs at its MDI plant at Uerdingen, in Germany, said a company spokesperson said on Monday.

The force majeure on pure MDI and its derivatives in Europe, the Middle East and Africa came into effect on 24 April, following technical problems at its thermal emission control system at its site in Uerdingen, Germany, which resulted in a complete shutdown of the MDI plant. 

The MDI plant at Uerdingen, in Germany was brought back on line and was in ramp-up mode last week.

The force majeure was valid for pure MDI and its associated products only and had not been extended to crude MDI, which is also manufactured at the Uerdingen site.

The overall nameplate capacity for MDI at the site is 200,000 tonnes/year, as previously confirmed by the company spokesperson.

By Heidi Finch