LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany—BASF plans to shut down its TDI plant in Ludwigshafen. The plants at the site making the TDI precursors dinitrotoluene and toluene diamine will also be closed.
European customers will be served from its other three global TDI production sites. These are at Geismar on the U.S. Gulf Coast, Yeosu in South Korea, and in Shanghai.
“Demand for TDI has developed only very weakly, especially in Europe, Middle East and Africa and has been significantly below expectations,” the company said. “The TDI complex in Ludwigshafen has been underutilized and has not met expectations in terms of economic performance.”
In addition to the closure of the TDI plant, further changes are planned in the verbund structures in Ludwigshafen. These include closing the caprolactam plant and one of the two ammonia plants. The company said that the Antwerp caprolactam plant and the second ammonia unit in Ludwigshafen will be sufficient to serve demand in Europe.