Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh, is aiming to restart its damaged TDI unit in Baytown, Texas, next month.
Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh, is aiming to restart its damaged TDI unit in Baytown, Texas, next month. An explosion on Sept. 26 shut down one of two Baytown TDI lines that have total capacity of 440 million lb/yr. One line continued to operate, but the damaged capacity is estimated by one industry source to be 407 million lb, though Bayer would not confirm this. That source also estimates North American TDI nameplate capacity to be about 980 million lb/yr. The lost Bayer production could therefore account for as much as 40% of the continent’s total. Industry sources say the global TDI market was “balanced to a bit snug” before Bayer’s outage, and the spot market has been sold out since then.