LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany (May 26, 2011)—BASF S.E. said it will build the world's largest single-train toluene diisocyanate plant in either Belgium or Germany.
The company said production at the 300,000 metric tons per year site will begin in 2014. Antwerp, Belgium, and Ludwigshafen are candidates for the facility.
The plant will be fully integrated with precursor production, BASF said. Engineering is under way and the site will be announced shortly.
The market for TDI—a widely used curative in polyurethane—is growing rapidly throughout the world, the company said. The German firm operates TDI plants in Geismar, La.; Schwarzheide, Germany; Yeosu, South Korea; and Caojing, China