ByLiz White, UT editor
Leverkusen, Germany-Bayer MaterialScience announced on 21Dec that its MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), carbon monoxide andpolycarbonate facilities at Krefeld-Uerdingen,Germany, were operating at full capacity again. Operational problems affectingcarbon monoxide production at the plant had meant the facility had been"operating at below total capacity since mid-November 2006," BMSadmitted.
Asa result, Bayer MaterialScience had declared force majeure for MDI in theEurope, Middle East, and Africa region (EMEA). This force majeure is now over.
BMSalso said that its production line for toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in Baytown,US, which had to be shut down following an explosion in September, has beenrepaired and is now gradually being brought back to full capacity.
"Assoon as the situation permits, the declaration of force majeure will be liftedhere too," and this is scheduled during January 2007, Bayer said.