CAOJING, China (July 1)—Bayer MaterialsScience A.G. is raising the capacity of the methylene diphenyl diisocyanate facility it is building in China by more than 50 percent to 350,000 metric tons per year.
The increase will make the Caojing plant, scheduled for start-up in 2008, "the largest of its kind in the world," Bayer said. The larger capacity will allow Bayer to meet the 6-percent annual growth in MDI demand BMS is predicting, a company spokesperson said.
Construction is expected to begin soon, Bayer said, now that environmental audits are complete.
"We are looking to increase our annual MDI production capacity from current levels of approximately 930,000 tons to 1.3 million tons per year," said Udo Oels, Bayer A.G.´s board member responsible for Asia.
Oels also announced that the Bayer MaterialsScience Trading Co., headquartered in Shanghai, will start operations Aug. 1, enabling the firm to sell its products directly to the Chinese market.