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MDI (Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate) BASF to Start First MDI Production in Chongqing

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

BASF has begun its first production of diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) at its wholly-owned site in Chongqing. MDI production will support key industries in China’s western areas.

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In late April of this year, BASF has started trial production of mononitrobenzene in Chongqing, the first precursor plant of the integrated MDI complex.
In late April of this year, BASF has started trial production of mononitrobenzene in Chongqing, the first precursor plant of the integrated MDI complex.
(Picture: BASF)

Ludwigshafen/Germany, Chongqing/China – According to BASF, production will be ramped up gradually in line with market demand.

The MDI site covers an area of more than 50 hectares, including facilities of 400,000 metric tons per year of Mononitrobenzene, 300,000 metric tons per year of aniline, 400,000 metric tons per year of crude MDI, and an MDI splitter with a capacity of 400,000 metric tons per year.

MDI is an important component for polyurethanes — an extremely versatile plastics material that contributes towards improved insulation, provides lighter materials for cars, and helps save energy in buildings.

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