NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va. (Aug. 8) — Bayer MaterialScience L.L.C. will spend about $8 million to upgrade its New Martinsville, W.Va., integrated polyol and systems production facility.
The project will provide state-of-the-art computerized control for the entire formulated systems production process from raw material receipt to final product shipment, the company said, adding that it is expected to significantly improve the flexibility of the unit.
Bayer will implement the project in phases with completion expected by the fourth quarter of 2007.
The firm expects the upgrade to enhance flexibility and improve efficiency "involving an increased capacity for polyether formulations at this site, which is scheduled to become a major location for specialties in the NAFTA region," according to Peter Vanacker, head of the polyurethanes business unit at Bayer MaterialScience.