The Urethane Blog

BASF Urethane Comments From Investors’ Call

Kurt Bock

Okay. Paul, your question on capacity and capacity constraints in – let’s start with China. We are essentially sold out in Nanjing, and we had very gratifying result, also due to good volumes, good utilization rates but also higher margins. Chongqing, that is our MDI plant, not running at full capacity. We had to interrupt production again and again this year, essentially because there’s a lack of feedstock availability and that is where a partner of BASF is working on to improve reliability with respect to that. That is certainly a bit painful in a relatively tight market for MDI.

We have in Ludwigshafen, in TDI, still the repair completed, but the test runs now for the new reactor which we put into place for the relatively new TDI product, I have to say, that is ongoing exercise. And we are – and this is an on and off work in terms of test runs now, and we expect to come back pretty soon. We have – then all our markets like BDO, where margins still have to recover, where we have a bit of a production issue in Kuantan, to give you one example here where we have not full capacity available.