Bayer plans to start TDI production in Shanghai by early 2012

05 September 2011 13:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) plans to start commercial production at its 250,000 tonne/year toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) plant in Caojing in Shanghai, China, by early next year after successful commissioning and trial production, the Germany-based chemicals major said on Monday.

“We are producing and analysing the TDI products batch by batch,” said Joachim Wolff, head of the polyurethanes (PU) business unit at BMS.

“The gas phase phosgenation technology is a brand new technology and we are using it for the first time in the world,” he added.

During batch-testing, samples are distributed to customers to carry out application development, said Azita Owlia, senior vice-president of the BMS polyurethanes business unit.

China’s methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate (MDI) market grew by 22% in 2010. For TDI, China posted 25% growth in 2010 and 12-13% in the first half of 2011, Owlia said.

She said she sees great potential in the market, because average PU consumption in the Asia-Pacific region is 1.6kg per person compared with 5kg in the US and 2kg in Europe.

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By: Alfred Wong
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