BASF declares force majeure on MDI system and TPU Elastollan products in North America

Posted on June 02, 2017

WYANDOTTE, MI, June 02, 2017 – BASF declared a force majeure in North America on methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) system and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Elastollan® products as a direct result of weather related events that impacted Kinder Morgan’s St. Gabriel, Louisiana terminal.


Flood waters on the Mississippi River rose to a level of 29 feet, which caused unsafe operational conditions and the subsequent closure of Kinder Morgan’s terminal. This unforeseeable event resulted in BASF’s inability to procure the needed raw materials to manufacture MDI, impacting the ability to produce MDI system and TPU Elastollan products.


BASF is working with affected customers to minimize the impact on their business, and will continue to provide updates regarding supply capability.




About BASF 

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

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For more information contact:

Susan Jackson
BASF Corporation
Tel: (734) 324-6546