Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen / Germany; www.bayerbms.com) has started the ball rolling on its new EUR 150m, 300,000 t/y TDI plant at Dormagen / Germany, for which plans were announced in 2008. Construction will begin following approval by local authorities. An initial scoping with authorities is scheduled for April. Start-up is slated for 2014.
The new facility, to use BMS´ new gas-phase phosgenation process, will replace smaller TDI plants at Dormagen and Brunsbüttel / Germany. A 250,000 t/yTDI plant, also using the process, will start up at Shanghai / China in late 2010. BMS chief executive Patrick Thomas told the newsletter Plastics Information Europe (PIE, Bad Homburg / Germany; www.pieweb.com) that demand for TDI has recovered.