PITTSBURGH (Sept. 18) — Bayer MaterialScience L.L.C. is considering constructing a world-scale factory for methylene diphenyl diisocyanate in Europe to meet growing MDI demand.
The firm expects to make a decision on construction of the facility in 2008.
The plant would have annual capacity of about 400,000 tons and could be operating in 2012, the company said. Demand for MDI has been growing in Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East, the company said.
If the project became a reality, the total global MDI capacity of Bayer MaterialScience would increase to 1.8 million tons a year. A production plant at the company's Shanghai site, scheduled to begin operation next year, with an annual capacity of 350,000 tons, is included in that total.