In 2011 BASF, the world's leading chemical company, received approval from National Development and Reform Commission for 400,000 metric tons per year MDI (Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) project in Chongqing, China. The investment of this project totals RMB 8 billion (€860 million). BASF started first MDI production at the facility in Chongqing end of August, 2015.
MDI is an important component for polyurethanes – an extremely versatile plastics material that contributes towards improved insulation, provides lighter materials for cars, and helps save energy in buildings. MDI production will support these key industries in China’s western areas.