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03-25-2014

Bayer Expands Production for Coating Raw Materials in China

Bayer MaterialScience is increasing its production capacities in the Asia/Pacific region to meet the continued growth in demand there for raw materials for coatings and adhesives. Ground was broken at the site in Shanghai, China, on Monday for a new plant for the production of the precursor hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI).

With an annual capacity of 50,000 metric tons, it will be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, and production there will be efficient and ecological with a maximum of safety. Completion is scheduled for 2016. Bayer already has one HDI plant in Shanghai, which was expanded in 2013 from its original annual capacity of 30,000 metric tons.

Commercial Operations Asia-Pacific of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) Business Unit, Dr. Hanno Brümmer, global head of production at CAS, Johannes Dietsch, head of Bayer in Greater China, Dr. Tony Van Osselaer, member of the board of Bayer MaterialScience, Daniel Meyer, global head of CAS, Wolfgang Miebach, senior country representative of Bayer MaterialScience in China, and Roland Stegmüller, head of the Bayer Integrated Site Shanghai  (figure: Bayer)

Commercial Operations Asia-Pacific of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) Business Unit, Dr. Hanno Brümmer, global head of production at CAS, Johannes Dietsch, head of Bayer in Greater China, Dr. Tony Van Osselaer, member of the board of Bayer MaterialScience, Daniel Meyer, global head of CAS, Wolfgang Miebach, senior country representative of Bayer MaterialScience in China, and Roland Stegmüller, head of the Bayer Integrated Site Shanghai (figure: Bayer)

There is considerable demand in the region and China, in particular, for coatings and adhesives, which are used in the automotive industry, the construction sector and the textile and shoe industries, among others. This growth is being driven to a large extent by the growing middle class, which has an increasing appetite for high-quality end products.

The expansion of its production capacity at the integrated site in Shanghai ensures that Bayer MaterialScience will be able to supply the regional and global market with HDI reliably and flexibly. The project also reinforces and further expands the company’s outstanding production technology capabilities. The new plant will utilize gas-phase technology, which requires substantially less energy and solvent than conventional processes.

“The HDI plant represents a major advancement in polyurethane production,” said Dr. Tony Van Osselaer, Head of Industrial Operations at Bayer MaterialScience. “Shanghai is one of our largest production sites, and we are represented there by all of our business units. Building the plant at this site allows us to make full use of the synergies offered by our global production network.”

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