Chinese MDI Project International Cooperation Kicks Off MDI Megaplant
Teaming up for China: Together, BASF, Huntsman, Shanghai Hua Yi Group, Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical and Sinopec kicked off the construction of a new 240,000 tons MDI plant at Caojing, China. The facilities will complement existing lines of Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate at the site, giving it a total 480,000 tons per year capacity.
Shanghai/China – In addition, the partners plan to build a HCl (hydrogen chloride) recycling plant for the production of chlorine, a precursor for MDI. The facility is expected to start up 2017, after further approval of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. MDI is an important precursor in the manufacture of polyurethanes – versatile polymers that are used in industries like construction, automotive, appliance, and footwear.
“Asia Pacific remains an important growth and investment region for BASF, with the fast growing Chinese market being a major focus. Polyurethanes are among the most versatile materials existing to address sustainability issues across numerous applications such as the automotive or construction industries. With the new plant, BASF can participate in this dynamic market,” said Martin Brudermüller, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, responsible for Asia Pacific.
The new MDI plant is planned at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in Caojing, adjacent to the existing integrated isocyanates complex. This will enable the utilization and full access to raw materials and energy. Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate has a production capacity of 240,000 metric tons of crude MDI per year and includes manufacturing facilities for the precursors aniline and nitrobenzene built by BASF, Huntsman and Chinese partners. Commercial production started in 2006.