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BASF Increases MDI Capacity at Geismar

BASF reaches next milestone on MDI capacity expansion project at Geismar site

  • The second expansion phase is now complete and in operation, increasing MDI capacity by approximately one third.
  • The final phase is designed to bring total capacity to approximately 600,000 metric tons per year, with start-up targeted by the middle of the decade.

WYANDOTTE, MI / GEISMAR, LA, December 14, 2021 – The implementation of the methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) capacity increase program for BASF’s Verbund site in Geismar, Louisiana, is progressing on schedule. Over time, BASF plans to double the capacity from 300,000 metric tons per year to approximately 600,000 metric tons per year.

“This investment in the attractive North American MDI market strengthens our position as a leading MDI supplier in North America as well as globally,” said Dr. Ramkumar Dhruva, President of Monomers Division.

“The Geismar site is ideally suited for this investment thanks to its existing infrastructure, competitive raw materials and ongoing strong business support from state and local government,” said Stefan Doerr, Senior Vice President, Monomers North America. “With this integrated facility, BASF will continue to support the growth of our North American MDI customers.”

The first phase involving the construction of a new MDI synthesis unit has been in operation since October of last year. The second phase, which started up recently, expanded several existing upstream units and increased the overall MDI output of the Geismar complex by approximately one third. Engineering for the final phase of the MDI expansion is progressing on schedule. This final phase of the expansion project, which includes several new upstream units, is targeted to be complete by the middle of the decade, with resulting total MDI capacity of approximately 600,000 metric tons per year.