Midland, Michigan -- Dow Chemical Co. has declared force majeure for TDI (toluene diisocyanate) at its Freeport, Texas, plant.
In a 9 Oct statement, Dow said complications resulting from a breakage of equipment mean the company cannot produce TDI safely and properly at Freeport. As a result, "We will be unable to ship or deliver full order quantities of TDI to our contract customers."
Dow said it is committed to resuming operations of its TDI plant in Freeport as quickly as possible, but cautioned that "continued challenges with production are likely to persist for an extended period of time."
"As such, we will begin to allocate available TDI in a manner that is fair and reasonable and in accordance with contract terms," the company concluded.
Dow will continue to monitor the situation and keep customers updated with developments as they unfold.
This situation follows a declaration of force majeure on TDI in Europe by Swedish company Perstorp, after the company had to suddenly shut down its toluene diamine (TDA) plantin Le Pont de Claix, France, on 27 Sept.