Major Plant Engineering Bayer Expands Production for Coating Raw Materials in China

Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

Bayer Material Science is increasing its production capacities in the Asia/Pacific region to meet the continued growth in demand there for raw materials for coatings and adhesives. Ground was broken at the site in Shanghai, China, on Monday for a new plant for the production of the precursor hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI). With an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons, it will be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world

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Groundbreaking for new Bayer HDI plant in Shanghai
Groundbreaking for new Bayer HDI plant in Shanghai
(Picture: Bayer Material Science)

Shanghai/China – The Completion of the new coating raw materials plant is scheduled for 2016. Bayer already has one HDI plant in Shanghai, which was expanded in 2013 from its original annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons.

There is considerable demand in the region and China, in particular, for coatings and adhesives, which are used in the automotive industry, the construction sector and the textile and shoe industries, among others. This growth is being driven to a large extent by the growing middle class, which has an increasing appetite for high-quality end products.

The expansion of its production capacity at the integrated site in Shanghai ensures that Bayer Material Science will be able to supply the regional and global market with HDI reliably and flexibly. The new plant will utilize gas-phase technology, which requires substantially less energy and solvent than conventional processes.

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