By David Reed, UT EditorShanghai, People’s Republic of China-The official groundbreaking for the major isocyanates complex at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park just outside Shanghai took place Monday 29 March. Those present included Shanghai’s vice mayor, Tang Dengjie, and other government officials, as well as senior management from the partner companies: BASF AG, Huntsman Polyurethanes, Shanghai Hua Yi (Group) Co, Sinopec Shanghai Gao Qiao Petrochemical Corp and Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical Co. Ltd.The £1000-million project, developed from plans originally announced by BASF in 1996, will see two plants built-one for 240 kilotonnes per annum (ktpa) of MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) the other for 160 ktpa of TDI (toluene diisocyanate). They are expected to come on stream in 2006 and the two sets of partners will share their output.”
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