LEVERKUSEN, Germany/BAYTOWN, TX - Bayer MaterialScience has lifted force majeure for most of the products manufactured at its facility in Baytown, TX. There are no longer any restrictions on the company’s ability to supply diphenylmethane diisocyanate and isophorone diisocyanate in drums. The company had already lifted force majeure at the beginning of October for Makrolon® polycarbonate and polycarbonate blends, and for toluene diisocyanate and some inorganic basic chemicals. Force majeure was also lifted on Nov. 1, 2008, for polyether polyol products manufactured in North America and some isocyanate products, but remains in effect for liquid polyester coatings raw materials.
Force majeure had been declared for these and other products in September 2008, after hurricanes Ike and Gustav had inflicted extensive damage in the Houston, TX, region, which also affected some suppliers’ facilities in Texas and Louisiana.