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Bayer to Expand Production Capacity of HDI & IPDI at its Chempark Leverkusen Plant

Published on 2013-11-26. Author : SpecialChem

LEVERKUSEN -- Mobility and personal transport are growing worldwide, particularly in big cities, and with them the demand for high-performance and eco-friendly automotive coatings. Thanks to their outstanding properties, polyurethane coatings have long proven to be the material of choice. They adhere well to substrates and are durable. Topcoats made from polyurethane give a vehicle body the desired gloss, and they offer the necessary weather, solvent, chemical and scratch resistance.

The rising demand for polyurethane automotive coatings has prompted Bayer MaterialScience to expand the production of two important coating raw materials: hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) and isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI). After a construction phase of only a year and a half, the company has now commissioned the multipurpose plant at Chempark Leverkusen.

"It is integrated in our existing production operations for isocyanates and designed for the manufacture of both raw materials," says Hanno Brümmer, Head of Production and Technology in the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties Business Unit at Bayer MaterialScience. "Its modern equipment also is a response to the demands of customers for faster and more flexible delivery." The company invested some EUR 35 million in the expansion project.

It is also in line with Bayer MaterialScience's new sustainability concept, the aim of which is to increase value-added for the benefit of society, thereby enhancing the quality of life. The raw materials produced in the new plant fulfill this requirement in that they support the production of performance automotive coatings with good durability and resistance.

Ecological impacts also are to be minimized as part of the sustainability concept. Bayer has long been committed to the use of low-solvent or solvent-free coatings, and this also applies to coating formulations based on HDI and IPDI. In the new plant, they are produced efficiently with the help of modern and innovative process technologies, which are yet another sign of the continued implementation of Bayer MaterialScience's sustainability concept.

HDI and IPDI are also used in industrial coatings and adhesives.

About Bayer MaterialScience

With 2012 sales of EUR 11.5 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world's largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2012, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,500 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

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Source: Bayer MaterialScience

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