Pasadena, Texas - Carpenter Co. has issued force majeure on supply of all blended chemical systems, polyol products and also on its Rely range of flat-proofing polymer systems, according to information posted on the company's website.
Carpenter said in letters to customers that the devastation from Hurricane Ike has left much of the south-eastern Texas coast without water and electricity.
Carpenter's Roger W. Powell plant in Pasadena, which produces polyether polyols, and is one of its three chemical blending sites, sustained no major structural damage, but "damage to the surrounding area is significant," said Carpenter.
The group also points out that many of the polymeric MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) manufacturing facilities in the region are not yet started up after Hurricane Gustav.
For its polyol products, Carpenter said it is suspending all shipments through to 30 Sept. Once it has a more detailed assessment of its own manufacturing site and of basic utilities, infrastructure and raw material supplies, Carpenter said it will update customers on its ability to ship products.
Meanwhile, for blended systems, Carpenter is immediately setting an 80-percent allocation for each customer, using the most recent 6 months to determine a 30-day average. Carpenter also said it reserves the option to supply each customer on a weekly basis until raw material supplies can be re-established.
Carpenter's force majeure on blended Rely flat-proofing systems also involves an immediate 80-percent supply allocation, on the same basis as for systems.