Caojing, Shanghai – BASF’s new HDI-based polyisocyanates facility at its Caojing site in Shanghai went into operation on 5 September, 2014.
The new line began construction on 1 September, 2013 and was built on the same plot as the company’s existing aliphatic isocyanates plant opened in 2006. The plant’s polyisocyanates capacity was increased from 8kT/year to 20.9kT/year, according to the project’s environment assessment report.*
The new line will focus on the production of biuret and isocyanurate for all transportation coating segments including: OEM, refinish, industrial coatings and adhesives for the Asia Pacific region, said the company’s press release.
The site also has both monomer and amine upstream facilities integrated, according to the company.
“The start-up of this second production line will enhance supply security and flexibility to meet the growing market demand for high performance resins. It will also enable us to make timely adjustments to our product portfolio, in response to the fast-changing market situation in Asia Pacific,” said Jeff Knight, senior vice president, dispersions & pigments, Asia Pacific, BASF.
According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, the total volume for Asia’s polyisocyanates coating production was estimated at 920kT in 2013, with a 7% projected growth rate until 2018. About half of the production is located in China.