S Korea’s Kumho Mitsui to raise MDI output by 45,000 tonnes/year

28 July 2011 09:46  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--South Korea’s Kumho Mitsui Chemicals (KMCI) will increase its production volume of methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) by 45,000 tonnes/year by January 2013, parent company Mitsui Chemicals said in a statement on Thursday.

KMCI had earlier announced that the combined nameplate capacity of its two MDI units at Yeosu will be raised to 200,000 tonnes/year from 150,000 tonnes/year after the expansion.

“This augmentation will strengthen KMCI’s current position as Korea’s top MDI manufacturer not only in the local market, but also as a global provider,” the statement said.

MDI is mainly used to make polyurethane foams for a wide range of applications such as insulation for housing and refrigerators, and in construction as waterproofing material for roofs, among others.

KMCI is a joint venture between Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals and Korea's Kumho Petrochemicals.

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By: Monica Lesmana

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