Leverkusen, Germany - Bayer MaterialScience AG plan to build a 60 kilotonnes per annum capacity plant to make polymer-filled polyether polyols using new technology.BMS and Bayer Technology Services GmbH say that they have developed an innovative technology to make polymer-filled polyether polyols, which according to BMS's 18 June statement "delivers a significantly better product than the conventional process." "The new technology represents a quantum leap in the development of state-of-the-art production processes with even greater efficiency," said Peter Vanacker, head of BMS polyurethanes business unit, in the statement. "It enables us to offer our customers top-quality products with lower VOC (volatile organic compounds) contents," he added.BMS have not finalised the plant location yet. It is due to be commissioned at the end of 2008 either in Dormagen, Germany, or in Antwerp, Belgium. BMS already makes polymer polyols at both these sites.The process has been successfully tested on a multi-tonne scale in a technical service laboratory and is to be used on a world scale for the first time in the facility, said BMS.The polymer-filled polyols are in the production of flexible polyurethane foam. According to BMS, the new process keeps the amounts of VOCs in the end product at very low levels, which were not achievable with the older process technologies. The much lower operating temperature of the continuous operation means that the polyols are only very slightly discoloured.ss"