BASF starts toluene diisocyanate plant in Germany

BASF starts toluene diisocyanate plant in Germany

6:52 AM, 20th November 2015
BASF starts toluene diisocyanate plant in Germany
BASF’s toluene diisocyanate plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. (File photo)

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE said that it has officially started operations at its €1 billion-toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant in Ludwigshafen. With production capacity of 300,000metric tonne per year, the plant will help create around 200 new jobs.

This is the largest investment made at the site. Along with TDI, the plant will also produce dinitrotoluene and toluylendiamine, BASF said.

Guests at the inauguration ceremony included Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany and Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, and Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

“The knowledge contributed to this project by BASF employees from around the world, and the outstanding integration into our BASF Verbund make this plant one of the most modern and competitive facilities in the world,” said Kurt Bock, chairman, board of executive directors, BASF.

“BASF is undertaking an innovative step with the start-up of the new TDI plant and, at the same time, making a commitment to Ludwigshafen as a location for industry,” said Sigmar Gabriel, vice-chancellor and minister of economic affairs and energy of Germany.

TDI is a core component for polyurethanes. It is often used in the furniture industry (elastic foams for mattresses, cushions or wood coating) and the automotive industry (seat cushions).

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