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Bayer Decommissions TDI Plant

Bayer's TDI production in Brunsbüttel goes offline

BayerAfter 38 years of successful and reliable operation, Bayer MaterialScience’s TDI plant (165,000 t annual capacity) in Brunsbüttel, Germany, will close early September 2015, as planned.

According to Bayer, during its production life the plant has supplied some 2.8 million t of TDI mainly to the European market for the manufacture of flexible foam for the bedding and automotive seating markets. It is replaced by a new cutting-edge facility in Dormagen, Germany. Compared with a conventional plant with the same capacity, the new facility reduces energy consumption by up to 60 % and requires as much as 80 % less solvent, says the company.

Bayer MaterialScience – which will operate under the name Covestro from 1 September 2015 – will in the future meet the requirements of the European TDI market from the new facility in Dormagen. This highly efficient and environmentally improved production facility was commissioned at the end of 2014. It is designed for an annual capacity of 300,000 t. A smaller TDI production unit (annual capacity of 80,000 t) at the Dormagen site had already been decommissioned.