Baytown, Texas - Bayer MaterialScience llc has declared force majeure for a large part of its production from Baytown, Texas.
In its polyurethanes business, materials affected include MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), TDI (toluene diisocyanate), polyether polyols and related products, hexamethylene isocyanate (HDI), isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI), modified isocyanates, Desmodur W and related products, said BMS in a 19 Sept announcement.
The step comes after Saturday 16 Sept's arrival of Hurricane Ike, which damaged or destroyed much of the infrastructure in the Houston, Texas, region at the weekend. Railroad tracks, harbours, roads and other supply channels, as well as some of the energy supply systems, were all affected, the group said.
Although precautions were taken in good time, so that Bayer MaterialScience's production facilities in Baytown were virtually unaffected, BMS said "current deficiencies in the infrastructure make it difficult, if not impossible, to supply the site with raw materials."
BMS said it is not possible at the moment to foresee how long the production stoppage will last, although the group is confident that the damage will be repaired in the coming weeks, and that any temporary losses in sales can be made up.
The force majeure also applies to polycarbonate, PC/ABS and PC/PE blends within North America, as well as sodium hydroxide solution (50 percent), gaseous and 36-percent hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite and sulfuric acid.