BASF increase MDI production capacity in US

BASF to increase MDI production capacity in US

5:24 AM, 17th November 2016
BASF’s Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana (US).
BASF’s Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana (US).

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY / GEISMAR, US: BASF has started planning for a stepwise capacity increase of its methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) production facilities at its Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana. Capacity will be increased additionally from 300,000 metric tonnes to around 600,000 metric tonnes per year.

MDI is an important component for polyurethanes – an extremely versatile plastics material. It contributes to improved insulation, provides lighter materials for cars, and helps save energy in buildings.

“In following steps, which will be implemented in alignment with business development, the MDI precursor units in Geismar will be expanded accordingly. The usage of latest proprietary technologies will ensure best-in-class productivity and energy efficiency,” said Stefano Pigozzi, president of BASF’s monomers division.

“Our existing infrastructure at the Geismar site combined with the competitive raw materials based on shale gas make the Geismar site ideally suited for this investment. The experienced BASF team at the site will ensure smooth operation of the project,” added Stefan Doerr, head of the regional business unit Monomers North America.

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