BASF starts up MDI plant in China

German chemicals company BASF recently began producing diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) at its wholly-owned site in Chongqing, China. The plant has a capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year and an investment of EUR860 million. MDI production in the Chongqing site will expand gradually depending on market needs.

MDI is used to make rigid polyurethanes, mainly used for foams and insulators for cars and buildings. Having an MDI plant in the area will benefit related industries in Western China where polyurethanes are needed, says BASF.

The company also has production of MDI in Antwerp, Belgium; Yeosu, Korea; and Geismar, Louisiana.

The firm also begun trial operations at the mononitrobenzene plant within the integrated MDI plant in April this year. Mononitrobenzene is a precursor for the production of MDI. http://www.plasticsandrubberasia.com/apr2015/materials11.html

This MDI site covers an area of more than 50 ha, including facilities of 400,000 tonnes/year of Mononitrobenzene, 300,000 tonnes/year of aniline, 400,000 metric tonnes/year of crude MDI, and an MDI splitter with a capacity of 400,000 metric tonnes/year.


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