Bayer acquires DuPont aniline plant in Texas

Bayer MaterialScience has acquired DuPont's aniline production facility in Baytown, Texas, officials announced on Tuesday.

With the acquisition, Bayer assumes responsibility for the facility's direct operating personnel. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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, 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 flexibility.

"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 process, reliability, quality and environmental improvements at the plant, which in addition to MDI produces toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and polycarbonate.

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