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03-28-2011

BASF: New MDI Project in China Approved

BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, has received approval for a 400,000 metric tons per year MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) project in Chongqing, China. The investment will total CNY 8 billion (approximately EUR 860 million). The facility, which will produce a core component mainly used for polyurethane foams, is expected to start up by 2014.

The new state-of-the-art facility will consist of an MDI plant, a nitrobenzene plant and an aniline plant, and will cover 40 hectares. It will form the center of an integrated chemical production complex operated by the Chongqing (Changshou) Chemical Industry Park. At the facility, BASF will produce MDI, a core component for versatile polyurethane (PU) products. In China, BASF has been producing MDI in Caojing, Shanghai since 2006. The company also has production of

MDI in Antwerp, Belgium; Yeosu, Korea; and Geismar, Louisiana.

In addition to the production complex for MDI, BASF is also establishing a new Polyurethane Solutions System House in Chongqing to meet the demand of the growing markets in important industries like construction, appliances, transportation and footwear.

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