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Bayer MaterialScience expands global production network for polyurethane dispersions

Published on 2008-09-15. Author : SpecialChem

Leverkusen -- Bayer MaterialScience has opened a state-of-the-art production plant at the integrated production site in Shanghai to manufacture polyurethane dispersions (PUD). The plant has an annual capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Bayer MaterialScience now therefore has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia for these key raw materials for manufacturing environmentally friendly, waterborne coating systems and adhesives.

"We are looking to safeguard supplies out of Shanghai in the long term for the rapidly growing Asian market in particular, thereby actively benefiting from growth in this region," explained Dr. Joachim Wolff, head of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties (CAS) Business Unit and member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience, at the official inauguration. "This sees us underpinning our leading international role on the polyurethane raw materials market and strengthening our long-term presence in Asia. At the same time, we are living up to the responsibility we have set ourselves to maintain sustainable economic development, for example through the Bayer Climate Program," he added.

The production of polyurethane dispersions in Shanghai reflects in two respects the significant increase in environmental awareness that has also recently become evident in China. The products in question form an important basis for manufacturing waterborne and thus low-emission paints, coatings and adhesives for a variety of applications. These include metal, wood and plastic coatings, adhesives for the footwear, furniture and automotive industries, textile and leather coatings and glass fiber sizing. The second ecological aspect concerns the new production facility itself. This sets standards through technology that is not only innovative and robust but also environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

The CAS Business Unit has also invested heavily in its Polymer Research & Development Center in Shanghai to provide state-of-the-art analytical processes, ensuring high, consistent product quality and offering customers locally-based, cutting-edge technical support. High-quality products and comprehensive know-how thus deliver innovative, customer oriented system solutions.

"The CAS Business Unit is looking to use its wide-ranging portfolio of waterborne dispersions to secure and expand its excellent position on the market throughout the world. Ongoing development of the product portfolio is key to this, with our focus on low-VOC, cosolvent-free dispersions that have outstanding green credentials while also offering maximum degree of freedom in formulation development," said Dr. Wolff in conclusion.

With 2007 sales of EUR 10.4 billion, Bayer MaterialScience is among the world's largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. At the end of 2007, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 15,400 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

Source: Bayer MaterialScience

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