Bayer acquires DuPont aniline plant in Texas
Aniline is a primary feedstock used to manufacture methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), a versatile chemical used to produce rigid polyurethane foams for insulation in the construction industry.
Bayer MaterialScience has acquired DuPont's aniline
production facility in Baytown, Texas, officials announced on
With the acquisition, Bayer assumes responsibility for the
facility's direct operating personnel. Financial terms were
Aniline is a primary feedstock
used to manufacture
methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), a versatile chemical
used to produce rigid polyurethane foams for insulation in
industry, as well as
coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and binders.
The aniline facility is located within Bayer's Baytown plant
the company's largest manufacturing facility in the US
and a critical asset in its global manufacturing portfolio.
Adding aniline production fully integrates the Baytown plant
along the MDI value chain for enhanced production
"North America is poised for strong MDI growth driven by
recovery in the construction
market, energy code
advancement and home comfort trends," said Craig Caputo, vice
president of polyurethanes and regional product manager for
Bayer MaterialScience. "This strategic acquisition positions
Bayer to meet this growing demand while further strengthening
our leadership in the polyurethane industry."
The acquisition also reinforces Bayer's commitment to the
Baytown facility, according to company officials. Over the
last two years, Bayer has invested roughly $120 million in
, quality and environment
al improvements at the
plant, which in addition to MDI produces toluene diisocyanate
(TDI) and polycarbonate.