More good news for the German company BASF.Â Hepeng Jia reports in Chemistry World that the chemical giant has won approval to build the world’s largest methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant. MDI is used to manufacture a critical polymer.
The plant will be located in China’s Three Gorge area, in Changshou, a district of Chongqing.Â Jia says:
BASF started construction of its 400,000 tonnes-a-year MDI plant on 11 April, after approval from the National Development and Reform Commission. MDI is an important chemical used to produce polyurethane foams and Chinese demand for polyurethanes has increased rapidly in recent years.
The approval came after BASF agreed to help businesses in the region protect the environment after concerns were raised that accidental release of chemicals could affect the drinking water.
According to BASF’s North America website, polyurethanes are used to make a range of products such as flexible foam, rigid insulation, furniture, and commercial adhesives.
Source: “ BASF chemical plant gets the go-ahead in China,” Chemistry World, 05/11/11
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Rajendrani "Raj" Mukhopadhyay is a science writer and editor who contributes news stories and feature articles on scientific advances to a variety of magazines. Raj holds Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.