Bayer tests Shanghai TDI plant, expects start-up later this year

26 July 2011 15:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience’s 250,000 tonne/year toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant in Caojing, in Shanghai, China, is on track for start-up later this year following completion of technology tests, the Germany-based chemicals major said on Tuesday.

Bayer MaterialScience said it successfully tested the plant’s gas phase phosgenation technology. The technology reduces solvent and energy consumption, thereby cutting plant operating costs.

Bayer said the TDI plant is expected to "come on stream stepwise" later this year and will be ramped up to its full annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes/year in 2012. 

"The use of our gas phase phosgenation technology for the first time in a manufacturing plant of this size clearly indicates that Bayer MaterialScience is at the forefront of modern and environmentally advanced technologies," said Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience.

Bayer also plans to build a 300,000 tonne/year gas phase phosgenation-based TDI facility in Dormagen, Germany, for start-up in 2014.

For more on Bayer MaterialScience and other producers visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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