Leverkusen, Germany -- Bayer MaterialScience has opened a 20-kilotonnes-per-annum plant for polyurethane dispersions (PUDs) at its integrated site in Shanghai, China. This addition means BMS has facilities in all three global regions, North America, Europe and Asia, for these key raw materials for making environmentally friendly, waterborne coating systems and adhesives.
"We are looking to safeguard supplies out of Shanghai in the long term for the rapidly growing Asian market in particular, thereby actively benefiting from growth in this region," said Dr Joachim Wolff, head of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) Unit, in a 12 Sept BMS statement.
The move underpins "our leading international role" in PU raw materials, strengthening the group's long-term presence in Asia, he said.
Production of PUDs in Shanghai also reflects China's significant increase in environmental awareness, Wolff added. PUDs are used to make waterborne, low-emission paints, coatings and adhesives for uses including metal, wood and plastic coatings, adhesives for footwear, furniture and automotive uses, textile and leather coatings and glass-fibre sizing.
Meanwhile, the new facility itself uses environmentally friendly and energy-efficient technology, said BMS.
BMS' CAS department aims to use its wide range of waterborne dispersions "to secure and expand its excellent position," worldwide, said Wolff, adding that continuing development is a key aspect, "with our focus on low-VOC, co-solvent-free dispersions that have outstanding green credentials," and also offer wide freedom in formulation development.