BASF, Huntsman and their Chinese partners have started up their recently built $1b integrated isocyanates complex at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, China. The other companies involved are Shanghai Hua Yi, Sinopec Shanghai Gao Qiao Petrochemical Corporation and Shanghai Chloro-Alkali Chemical.
The complex has a capacity of 240,000 tonnes per year of crude MDI (diphenylmethane diisocyanate) and 160,000 tonnes of TDI (toluene diisocyanate) per year and will serve the rapidly growing market for polyurethanes in
BASF is one of the largest foreign chemical investors in
The isocyanates MDI and TDI are important precursors in the manufacture of polyurethanes, which have applications in the automotive and construction industries, in appliances such as refrigerators, and for upholstery and footwear.