Shanghai, China - Bayer MaterialScience has successfully started production at its new 350-kilotonnes-per-annum (ktpa) methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI)
complex at Bayer's integrated site in Shanghai (BISS), the group announced, 16 Oct.
At the same time, Bayer announced that it has also has now broken ground for a 250 ktpa toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant at BISS which is scheduled to come on stream in 2010.
The new MDI plant is the largest one of its kind in the world, according to BMS, while the TDI plant will use the group's exclusive gas-phase technology, which it says cuts solvent use, and reduces costs.
"With these projects Bayer MaterialScience is emphasising its commitment to the growth markets in China and the whole Asia Pacific region," said Patrick Thomas, chairman of Bayer MaterialScience, speaking in Shanghai on Friday.
MDI is used primarily in making rigid polyurethane foams, used in the refrigeration chain and as thermal insulation in the building industry. TDI is used in large quantities to make flexible polyurethane foam for upholstered furniture, mattresses, and car seats.
For BMS, China is already the most important market in the Asia Pacific region and currently its third largest national market worldwide. "We are confident that our materials will continue to exhibit good growth rates there," said Thomas.