January 03, 2007

Bayer MaterialScience lifts TDI Force Majeure

Pittsburgh - Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS) has lifted Force Majeure regarding its ability to supply toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) products in North America, effective January 1, 2007.

"We recognize the effect the Force Majeure situation has had on all of our customers," said Jerry MacCleary, BMS Senior Vice President and Head of Polyurethanes North America Marketing and Business Development. "We thank them for their patience and cooperation during this difficult time and look forward to the opportunity to be their supplier of choice in 2007."

BMS declared Force Majeure regarding its ability to supply TDI products in North America after an incident September 26, 2006, that damaged a TDI production line at its Baytown, Texas, USA facility.

Reconstruction of the damaged unit was completed ahead of schedule. TDI is used to manufacture flexible foam for bedding and seat cushions.

With sales of EUR 10.7 billion in 2005, Bayer MaterialScience AG is one of the world's largest polymer manufacturers. Its main fields of activity are the production of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of everyday life. The main consumer sectors are the automotive, electrical/electronics, construction, sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has production facilities at 40 sites around the world and a workforce of approx. 18,800. Bayer MaterialScience is part of the Bayer Group.

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