Bayer MaterialScience starts production at TDI plant in Dormagen, Germany10 December 2014
German chemicals company Bayer MaterialScience has commenced production at its €250m toluene diisocyanate (TDI) plant in Dormagen, Germany.
Construction of the plant, which has a capacity to produce 300,000t per year of TDI, took 30 months to complete.
Bayer MaterialScience said the total investment at Chempark Dormagen is more than €400m, including infrastructure and supplier costs.
The facility will be the company's European centre for TDI production and replaces a smaller TDI production plant.
TDI is used in the production of flexible polyurethane foams, which are used in the production of mattresses, car seats and upholstered furniture.
Bayer CEO Dr Marijn Dekkers said: "This investment is also a commitment to Germany as an industrial location and to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
"In North Rhine-Westphalia alone, Bayer has invested more than €1bn over the past ten years in the maintenance and expansion of MaterialScience production facilities."
North Rhine-Westphalia governor Hannelore Kraft said: "The investment clearly illustrates the capability of Bayer's Dormagen site.
"But it is also an important signal about the international competitiveness of North Rhine-Westphalia as a centre of the chemical industry."
Bayer MaterialScience CEO Patrick Thomas said: "Compared with a conventional plant with the same capacity, the new facility will reduce energy consumption by up to 60% and require as much as 80% less solvent.
"This also gives us an important competitive advantage."
Image: Bayer CEO Dr Marijn Dekkers, Bayer MaterialScience CEO Patrick Thomas, NRW Governor Hannelore Kraft and Dormagen Works Council Chariman André van Broich at the inauguration ceremony. Photo: courtesy Bayer MaterialScience.