Bharuch, Gujarat – TDI production at Gujarat Narmada Valley Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd (GNFC) rose by 20% in 2017 and plant utilisation reached 93%.
The information was contained in an analysts and investor conference held in early May.
In 2017 GNFC produced 60kT TDI compared to 47kT in previous year.
The company, which is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange said it plans to de-bottleneck plants to increase capacity.
‘We are planning to invest INR 1.7 bn ($25 m) to improve reliability and TDI capacity,’ said G.S. Maharaja, executive director.
GNFC does not believe that the start-up of new capacity in the middle east will cause prices for TDI to soften.
‘Sadara targets markets of Middle East and Africa with possibility of dumping small quantities in Asia,’ said Maharaja.
‘Production is hampered in Europe. This is due to accidents in few factories. We are not expecting any change in the market within two years,’ he said.
Maharaja told analysts and investors that the international market is growing at around at 5%/year. This, he said, compares to the Indian market which is growing at 7% to 8% yearly.
He estimated that global TDI capacity is 3.1 MT/year and that plants are operating at around 80% world wide.