BASF, Huntsman, Shanghai Hua Yi (Group) Co., Shanghai
Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. and Sinopec held a ceremony Tuesday
kicking off the construction
of a new 240,000 tpy
plant for crude MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) at the
Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing,
With the new plant, the MDI capacity at this site will be
doubled to 480,000 tpy. In addition, the partners plan to
build a HCl (hydrogen chloride) recycling plant for the
production of chlorine, a precursor for MDI.
The facility is expected to start up 2017. The project
is subject to further
approval of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
MDI is an important precursor in the manufacture of
polyurethanes versatile polymers that are used in
industries like construction
appliance, and footwear.
Asia Pacific remains an important growth and investment
region for BASF, with the fast growing Chinese market being a
major focus," said Martin Brudermüller vice chairman of
BASF's executive board.
"Polyurethanes are among the most versatile materials
existing to address sustainability
numerous applications such as the automotive or construction
added. "With the new plant, BASF can participate in this
The new MDI plant is planned to be adjacent to the existing
integrated isocyanates complex at the Shanghai park. This
will enable the utilization and full access to raw materials
Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate Co. has a production capacity of
240,000 tpy of crude MDI and includes manufacturing facilities
for the precursors
aniline and nitrobenzene built by BASF, Huntsman, Shanghai
Hua Yi (Group) Co., Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. and
Sinopec. Commercial production started in 2006.