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Plant Watch: November 2018

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Plant Watch Covestro to invest €1.5 billion in new, world-scale MDI plant in Baytown October 9, 2018 — Covestro AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.covestro.com) approved an investment of around €1.5 billion to build a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Baytown, Tex. This investment at the existing site in Baytown is the largest single investment in the history of the company. Total capacity of the new train will be 500,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of MDI, and production is expected to begin in 2024. Covestro also plans to double its MDI production capacity in Brunsbüttel, Germany from 200,000 to 400,000 m.t./yr in 2019. At the same time, an older, 90,000-m.t./yr MDI unit will be closed.   Non-phthalate plasticizer capacity to be added in 2019, Perstorp says October 9, 2018 — Perstorp (Malmö, Sweden; www.perstorp.com) will substantially expand the production capacity of its non-phthalate polyester plasticizer Pevalen in 2019. To accomplish this, Perstorp has entered into a longterm production agreement with Italian company Alcoplast Srl. The new partnership more than doubles the current production capacity, bringing it to a total of 50,000 m.t./yr. Additionally, plans to further increase the production…
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