Bayer MaterialScience Reduces TDI Production

Bayer MaterialScience said it has declared force majeure for its polyurethane raw material toluene diisocyanate (TDI) in the EMEA region, following a reduction in the TDI production at its Brunsbüttel site in Germany.

Production was reduced after the chlorine electrolysis plant at the site was damaged due to a massive voltage drop caused by a rapid reactor shutdown at a nearby nuclear power plant.

This restricted the supply of chlorine, significantly reducing capacity utilisation of the TDI facility, Bayer said.

The chemical TDI is used in the production of flexible polyurethane foam for upholstered furniture, mattresses and car seats.