Two Bayer plants to hike MDI output

January 2004
Rubber & Plastics News;1/12/2004, Vol. 33 Issue 12, p12
Trade Publication
Bayer AG is increasing capacity for the polyurethane raw material methylene diphenyl diisocyanate at sites in Tarragona, Spain, and Baytown, Texas. The company, through its new MaterialScience grouping, is raising annual MDI capacity over the coming two years 30.4 percent at Baytown to 300,000 metric tons and 50 percent at Tarragona to 150,000 tons. The investment costs were not disclosed. The expansions also require an increase in Bayer's production of aniline, a raw material for making MDI, at its plant in Antwerp, Belgium. Capacity will grow another 230,000 tons by 2008 when a plant in Caojing, China, comes on stream.


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