THE WOODLANDS, Texas (Feb. 25, 2008) — Huntsman Corp. is considering adding a 400,000-metric ton methylene diphenyl diisocyanate plant to its facility in Rozenburg, Netherlands.
The company said it could close some of its older, less efficient capacity in Europe.
The firm, currently involved in a long-running merger deal with Hexion Specialty Chemicals, said it has started studies to increase its global capacity for the polyurethane curative MDI through investment in Rozenburg.
Huntsman's MDI facilities already include a 430,000-ton plant in Rozenburg. Its other plants are in Geismar, La., and Caojing, China.
Feasibility studies for the Rozenburg factory, including preliminary engineering, are under way. A final decision on whether to go ahead with the project is expected this year, with the new capacity coming on stream by 2011, Huntsman said.