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Bayer MaterialScience declares force majeure for TDI in Europe


Leverkusen. – Bayer MaterialScience has declared force majeure for the polyurethane raw material toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region, as a result of a forced reduction of TDI production at its Brunsbüttel site.

The production capacity of the plant was substantially reduced after the companyZs chlorine electrolysis plant at the Brunsbüttel site was damaged during a massive voltage drop caused by a rapid reactor shutdown at the Krümmel nuclear power plant close to Hamburg on July 4, 2009. A restricted supply of chlorine has resulted in a severely reduced capacity utilization of the TDI facility in Brunsbüttel.

The company is doing everything to rectify the damage as quickly as possible. However, at the present time, it is not possible to predict with any degree of certainty when the TDI production plant will be fully operational again. The raw material is used in the production of flexible polyurethane foam for upholstered furniture, mattresses, and car seats.


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