BASF Receives Approval to Build MDI Plant in China

BASF has received approval from China to build a diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Chongqing, China.

The company will invest 8bn yuan ($1.21bn) in the project, which will consist of an MDI plant, a nitrobenzene plant and an aniline plant.

The facility will produce 400,000t/ year of MDI, a core component for versatile polyurethane products.

The facility, which will cover 40ha, will form the centre of an integrated chemical production complex operated by Chongqing Chemical Industry Park. It is expected to become operational by 2014.

Polyurethane is used for insulation applications in refrigerators and freezers, hot water tanks and district heating or cooling pipeline insulation.