BASF Starts Operations at New TDI Site in Ludwighafen
On November 17, BASF SE officially inaugurated the new TDI (toluene diisocyanate) plant at its Ludwigshafen, Germany site. The plant has an annual capacity of 300,000 tons of TDI. The total investment, including precursors, is over EUR 1 billion. This is the largest investment ever made at the site and will create around 200 new jobs.
In her welcoming address, Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, underlined the importance of this investment for the region: “BASF is the largest company in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and makes a decisive contribution to our region’s economy. A billion-euro investment and 200 new jobs are important economic signals that extend beyond Ludwigshafen. With the new TDI plant, BASF also once again proves that it stands for state-of-the-art German technology.”
The TDI complex comprises plant components that produce DNT (dinitrotoluene), TDA (toluylendiamine) and TDI (toluene diisocyanate). Furthermore, the project involved the updating and expansion of production facilities for key precursors in the Verbund. In addition, BASF made investments in the infrastructure that supplies steam, electricity and water.
TDI is a core component for polyurethanes. It is often used in the furniture industry (elastic foams for mattresses, cushions or wood coating) and the automotive industry (seat cushions). BASF operates TDI plants in Yeosu, South Korea; Caojing, China; and Geismar, Louisiana, which have a combined capacity of 480,000 t. The plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, will gradually be taken out of operation once the plant in Ludwigshafen starts up.
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