Bayer to Increase Capacity at German Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate Plant

Bayer MaterialScience is planning to invest €100m to expand its diphenylmethane diisocyanate plant at the Bayer Brunsbüttel Industrial Park in Germany.

The project is part of the phased optimisation concept previously announced for isocyanate production in Europe, and will see the plant's capacity increase from 200,000t/year to 420,000t/year.

Under the expansion, Bayer will build a new 300,000t/year toluene diisocyanate plant in Dormagen, Germany. The facility is expected to become operational in 2014.

Diphenylmethane diisocyanate is the raw material for polyurethane rigid foam, which used for thermal insulation in buildings.