Seoul, Korea - BASF celebrated the 20th anniversary of commercial MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) production in Yeosu, Korea.
The Yeosu site broke ground in 1991, and began commercial production in 1992. It is now the largest MDI producer in Korea, BASF said in a 27 Nov news release. In June 2012, BASF expanded the capacity of the MDI facility in Yeosu from 190 kilotonnes per annum to 250 kt per annum.
Demand for MDI has increased as the need for energy efficient and lightweight materials continues to grow, BASF said.
"The BASF Yeosu site has become a key strategic MDI facility globally. Materials produced at Yeosu site are recognized for their high quality, and support the local economy through international exports. With continuous investment in Korea, BASF aims to discover new opportunities that directly foster the growth of important local industries," said Woo-Sung Shin, managing director of BASF Korea.
The BASF site in Yeosu also produces TDI (toluene diisocyanate), and polyurethane systems.