Kazincbarcika, Hungary -- BorsodChem Zrt, the Hungarian subsidiary of Chinese Wanhua Industrial Group, has put its new TDI-2 plant to make toluene diisocyanate at Kazincbarcika into trial operation.
The trials follow an investment of Euro 80 million ($113 million) by Wanhua to resume construction of the plant last autumn. The new plant has nameplate capacity of 160 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa), which, if market demand requires, can be increased by another 40 kilotons to reach 200 ktpa, the company said in an 11 July announcement.
After a two-month trial period the total TDI capacity of BorsodChem will be raised to 250 ktpa, which the company says will position it "as Europe's number one TDI manufacturer."
BorsodChem says the new plant, which uses "proprietary state-of-the-art technology," will operate much more efficiently than the existing TDI-1 plant.
But the company says the "unfavourable cost evolution of input materials, means that expects not to run the new plant full capacity till later.
BorsodChem is currently also carrying out a major revamp of its MDI-2 plant (to make methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) in Kazincbarcika to increase its capacity from the current 150 ktpa to 240 ktpa, with the aid of technology from Wanhua.
This investment, which will further improve product quality as well as consistency and stability of supply, means the MDI-2 plant will be shut down for seven weeks, starting 22 July, the company said.