Mitsui to license polyurethane technology to SABIC

The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) signed a TDI and MDI technology license agreement with Mitsui Chemicals under which Mitsui will provide manufacturing technology for producing TDI and MDI.

Toluene di-isocyanate (TDI) and methylene di-phenyl isocynate (MDI) are each raw materials for producing polyurethane.

The agreement also provides for joint technology development in TDI/MDI, officials said.

The agreement was signed by Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC chief executive, and Toshikazu Tanaka, Mitsui Chemicals CEO, at SABIC’s headquarters in Riyadh on February 26.

Al-Mady said that it would spearhead a strategic collaboration between the two companies to explore future possibilities to collaborate in the polyurethane (PU) business.

“The agreement will spur our strategic business plan to penetrate the global polyurethane market as well as power the ambition and competitive advantage of our customers for the long term,” he said.

“It will also enable a fast development of PU application industries in Saudi Arabia, especially with regards to thermal insulation which will contribute to employment creation as well as energy savings,” he added.

Al-Mady pointed out that Mitsui Chemicals has a long experience as a manufacturer of TDI and MDI and has over the years developed pioneering manufacturing processes.

“Through this technology license agreement, we will strengthen our product capabilities with high quality TDI and MDI and expand into the polyurethane business,” he said.

Tanaka added: “For Mitsui Chemicals, this license agreement will be the largest and most extensive one we have ever made. We will support this project full force on every front and are committed to its success.

“I hope that it will be just the first step in a future business partnership with SABIC , which may include establishment of a strategic supply base for competitive TDI/MDI.”

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