PUdaily, Shanghai-Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate and Shanghai BASF Polyurethane have restarted their methyl di-p-phenylene isocyanate MDI facilities in Caojing, Jinshan district, Shanghai this Monday (July 8) and they are ramping up for the moment, according to company sources.
“We have restarted the MDI synthesis facilities this Monday and everything is going smoothly; the unit is running with increased loads,” said a source from Shanghai Lianheng.
“I heard that BASF plant has also restored,” added the source when asked.
The news that BASF has restarted its MDI splitter has been confirmed by source from Shanghai BASF, “Yeah, we did; the splitter is ramping up and is expected to reach full loads next week.”
Shanghai Lianheng MDI synthesis unit has a capacity of 280,000 tons/year and Shanghai BASF MDI splitter has a 160,000 tons/year capacity. Both of the two MDI units shut down on June 18 for claimed three-week maintenance, but both delayed restart by around one week.
Shanghai Lianheng supplies crude MDI to Shanghai BASF and it has no commercial MDI products.
MDI is feedstocks to produce polyurethane products which are used in construction, household appliance and footwear.
Lianheng is a joint venture among BASF, Huntsman, SCAC, Shanghai Huayi Group and Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical.
Shanghai BASF Polyurethanes is a joint venture between BASF, Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical and the Shanghai Huayi Group.