Germany: Foam Components Covestro Expands Capacities

Editor: Alexander Stark

Materials manufacturer Covestro announced the expansion of their production capacity of the foam component MDI at the site Brunsbüttel.

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Covestro’s northernmost site in Brunsbüttel will be expanded.
Covestro’s northernmost site in Brunsbüttel will be expanded.
(Picture: Covestro)

Brunsbüttel/Germany – An existing, idled plant for the precursor TDI will be converted for production of MDI. This foam component (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) is the basis to produce rigid polyurethane foam and is used primarily for the insulation of buildings and throughout the cool chain.

The expansion will roughly double the production capacity at the site to a total of approximately 400,000 metric tons of MDI per year. Commissioning of the new plant complex is scheduled for late 2018. Preliminary plans call for a total investment volume (in Euros) in the low hundreds of millions.

The public authorities granted Covestro the permit for converting the plant in March 2014. This allows annual capacity to be expanded by as much as 220,000 metric tons of MDI. During the conversion, some 300 employees of participating service providers will be working at the site.