Dow Polyurethanes’ newly expanded diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Estarreja, Portugal, successfully started production. The world-scale facility will provide both polymeric and crude MDI, offering customers increased flexibility and reliability of supply of this essential polyurethane raw material. The expansion, which was announced in 2006, was completed with no interruptions in customer service. Dow Polyurethanes is a business group within The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates including Dow Europe GmbH.
“The expansion is the result of a great relationship with our suppliers and the Portuguese government, and enables Dow to provide customers with quality products from our world-scale facilities,” said Steven English, global business director for Dow’s Isocyanates business.
MDI is a major raw material used in the production of rigid polyurethane foam and polyurethane elastomers, with end-use markets such as home, commercial and industrial foam insulation, as well as refrigeration, appliances, and coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.