Bayer’s MaterialScience division opens German technical centre

16 January 2012 09:36  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Bayer said on Monday its MaterialScience division has commissioned a new technical centre for the development of isocyanate production processes at Chempark Dormagen in Germany.

The €5.0m ($6.3m) research centre will focus on hydrogenation technology for the production of precursors to di-phenylmethane di-isocyanate and toluene di-isocyanate (TDI), Bayer said in a statement.

“All global research activities related to the production of aromatic isocyanates have now been pooled in the new hydrogenation technical centre,” said Joachim Wolff, the head of the polyurethane (PU) business.

Other focal points of the new technical centre include researching and improving the hydrogenation of di-nitro-toluene to obtain toluene di-amine, Bayer said in the statement.

“The associated efficiency gains in the research and optimisation of the production processes will help to further expand our global technological leadership,” Wolff said.

MDI is the starting product for rigid PU foam, which is used in the insulation of buildings, while TDI is used to produce flexible PU foam to make upholstered furniture and mattresses.

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By: Samuel Wong

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