The next generation: Bayer brings a TDI production with a new gasphase TDI phosgene reaction on stream. The company has invested some € 250 million at its chemical park in Dormagen, where the new technology replaces an aging conventional TDI site.
Dormagen/Germany – Materials manufacturer Bayer MaterialScience has successfully concluded a major capital expenditure project in Germany. On Tuesday, the company brought an ultra-efficient and resource-conserving world-scale plant for the production of the chemical TDI, a main component in high-quality foams, on stream at its site in Dormagen. Valued at some € 250 million, the high-tech plant was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by representatives from politics, industry, public administration authorities and the local community.
Including infrastructure and supplier costs, total capital expenditure at Dormagen amounts to more than € 400 million. The site is to become Bayer Material Science’s European center for TDI production. Under construction for 30 months, the new plant replaces a smaller production unit for toluene diisocyanate (TDI). The chemical is used in the production of flexible polyurethane foams, which is used to produce many everyday articles including mattresses, car seats and upholstered furniture. Demand for TDI is expected to continue growing steadily worldwide in the years ahead.
Energy and Ressource Efficient TDI Production
Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer Material Science, presented the capital expenditure project within the context of the planned separation of the company from the Bayer Group. "Material Science is superbly positioned worldwide and optimally prepared to operate independently. Our products are in demand, our customers value our innovative power, and we are leaders in our markets," he said.
Thomas cited the gas-phase technology developed at Bayer as an example of the company’s power to innovate. This technology makes TDI production in Dormagen particularly energy and resource efficient. "Compared with a conventional plant with the same capacity, the new facility will reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent and require as much as 80 percent less solvent," Thomas explained. "This also gives us an important competitive advantage." 0especially since enrgy prices in Germany are higher than its neighboring countries.
Positioned for Future Independence with World Class TDI Production
With the new site up and running, Material Science is well positioned for future independence, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers stated. The company had announced plans to focus on life science solutions, bringing its subsidiary Bayer material Science on the stock market by 2016. Already in 2004, the company had divested large parts of its speciality chemicals and polymer business into the new formed Lanxess.
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