Corrected: Bayer aims to bring new Shanghai TDI plant on stream by mid-2011

07 December 2010 19:42  [Source: ICIS news]

Correction: In the ICIS story headlined "Bayer aims to bring news Shanghai TDI plant on stream by end-2011 dated 7 December 2010, please read the headline as ...on stream by mid-2011... instead of ...on stream by end-2011. In the first paragraph please read the middle of 2011... instead of the end of 2011. In the second paragraph please read the beginning of 2011... instead of the middle of 2011...A corrected story follows.

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience’s (BMS) new 250,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant at Caojing in Shanghai, China, will be on stream by the middle of 2011, the company said on Tuesday.

The TDI facility was expected to have its mechanical operations completed by the beginning of 2011, it added

The plant would be the first to use gas-phase phosgenation (GPP) technology, which has been successfully piloted, instead of conventional liquid-phase phosgenation, said Hans-Wilhelm Engels, head of innovation at BMS.

Engels said the technology would improve the company’s position as a low-cost producer, and significantly enhance Bayer’s environmental performance.

Energy consumption at the TDI plants would be reduced by up to 60% due to the use of the advanced gas-phase phosgenation technology, the company said.

“This is a new technology which saves energy - 60% over conventional technology - and with that we basically have the most modern TDI production technology in China,” Engels told ICIS at the group’s global headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany.

“TDI is competing in a price-sensitive market, so for us it is very important that we can compete from our technology leadership,” he added.

Construction work on the plant, at the Bayer Integrated Site Shanghai (BISS), started in October 2008.

TDI is used to produce flexible polyurethane foam for use in upholstered furniture, mattresses and car seats.

($1 = €0.75)

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By: Franco Capaldo
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