BASF has received approval for a 400,000mt/yr diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) project in Chongqing, China. The investment will total EUR 860 million. The facility, which will produce a core component mainly used for polyurethane foams, is expected to start up by 2014 and will consist of an MDI plant, a nitrobenzene plant and an aniline plant. It will cover 40 hectares and form the center of an integrated chemical production complex operated by the Chongqing (Changshou) Chemical Industry Park. In addition to the production complex for MDI, BASF is also establishing a new Polyurethane Solutions System House in Chongqing which will have local production with sales, technical service and development personnel to provide support to its customers.
Artist rendering of Chongqing facility courtesy of BASF