By Jane Denny
BMS formally opens TDI expansion at Dormagen
Dormagen, Germany -- Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has inaugurated its new 300 kT/year toluene diisocyanate production facility in Dormagen on 14 December 2014.
BMS ceo, Patrick Thomas described the plant as "the most efficient facility of its kind in the world, anywhere" and said it would be "the envy of the competition.
"Our processes enable us to achieve energy savings of 60% and require 80% less solvent," he added.
Thomas said that the plant would be able to compete on a delivered-cost basis in Europe with new capacity due soon in the Middle East.
He said: "I would argue yes, because the technology being used in Saudi is rather old.
He added that European customers want more than low-priced product. " The intimate relationship is fundamental and valuable in business," Thomas said.
He also predicted that there will be growth in TDI consumption worldwide: "In the last quarter we saw a bit of a slowdown in TDI. The long-term growth rate will be 4% to 5%, higher than the historical growth rate of 3% to 4%," he said. "This," he said "is because of developing countries looking for comfort and higher quality materials."
Thomas added that there will be further restructuring of BMS European TDI portfolio following the closure of the old Dormagen facility and the transfer of staff to the new facility there.
"At the right time we will then close Brunsbuttel," he said.