05 July 2013 15:23 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based Bayer MaterialScience on Friday said it will be “topping out” its new 300,000 tonne/year world-scale toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) facility in Dormagen on 19 July, the group said on Friday.
Topping out is the ceremony a company holds when it completes a building's structure."The topping out of our new TDI plant is planned for July 19," said Frank Rothbarth, external communications, Bayer, said.
“We plan to finalise the construction of the new plant by mid of 2014, the inauguration is planned in the course of the second half of next year,” he added.
In January 2013, Bayer received final approval for the construction and operation of the TDI facility. In February last year, the group received provisional approval from the authorities to start the early construction of the €150m ($195m) facility.
The TDI plant is part of MaterialScience’s restructuring plans and will replace the company’s existing production facilities at Brunsbuettel and Dormagen in Germany, as well as employing new gas phase phosgenation technology.
The new process is safer and more energy and ecologically efficient when compared with conventional TDI technology, according to the company.
MaterialScience announced its TDI restructuring and new TDI capacity plans in March 2010 and applied for building permission back in April 2011.
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Additional reporting by Heidi Finch
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