Bayer MaterialScience inaugurates Polyisocyanate Unit in Ankleshwar, India

New plant to manufacture polyurethane raw materials for the coatings and adhesives market

Ankleshwar, February 24, 2011 – Bayer MaterialScience inaugurated its aromatic and aliphatic polyisocyanates manufacturing facility at Ankleshwar, in the state of Gujarat, India. This is part of the Company’s strategy to grow its business in the country and strengthen its global position as a market leader in the supply of polyurethane raw materials. Bayer MaterialScience wants to participate in the growth of the coatings and adhesives markets in India, which in turn is driven by escalation in domestic demand in tandem with the GDP growth in India.

With an investment of € 20 mio, the facility will produce products based on aliphatic hexamethylendiisocyanate (HDI) and aromatic toluylendiisocyanate (TDI) for the range of Bayer’s Desmodur® polyisocyanates. These are raw materials for the formulation of a variety of polyurethane coatings and adhesives, specifically, Desmodur® N, used in the automotive, industrial and plastic coating sectors and Desmodur® L for the coating of wood and furniture as well as for the formulation of adhesives for flexible packaging. The initial capacity will be 15 kt that can be increased in stages to accommodate the predicted demand growth for the materials in the Indian Coatings and Adhesive markets during the next years.

Dr. Tony Van Osselaer unveils the inaugural plaque

Dr. Van Osselaer cuts the ribbon at the inauguration of the PIC Unit in India

The technology used in this plant will adhere to all Bayer MaterialScience’s global standards in terms of production processes, quality and safety. Ankleshwar was selected as the location keeping in mind that it is one of the biggest chemical manufacturing centres in India. The Company will also have synergies with existing Bayer CropScience operations in Ankleshwar, which is also providing 35 employees who have been fully trained to operate the facility.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Dr. Tony Van Osselaer, Member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience AG said, “This Unit is only one of its kind in this country and one which represents a further indication of the confidence that Bayer MaterialScience places in India and its economic future.” He further added, “This plant will produce aromatic and aliphatic polyisocyanates. These are modern, high-quality materials that are important for the coatings and adhesives industry.”

Coconut breaking ceremony

Dr. Tony Van Osselaer addresses the audience

Bayer colleagues at the inauguration ceremony

From left to right - Balaram Khot (General Manager - Projects, BTS), Tim Uhrmeister (Country Representative - Polycarbonates - Indian Subcontinent), Matthias Rauck (Head of Bayer Technology Services, India),
Dr. Hanno Bruemmer (Head of Production Base and Modified Isocyanates, BMS AG), Kaikobad Mistry (CFO, Bayer Group in India), Dr. Tony Van Osselaer (Member of the Executive Committee - Bayer MaterialScience AG), Bob Stanton (Head - Supply Chain & Industrial Operations, Bayer CropScience India), Rajen Salot (Associate General Manager - PIC, Bayer MaterialScience), Nick Smith (Head of Sales & Distribution for India, Southeast Asia and ANZ (ISA) - Business Unit - Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties).

The Polyisocyanates facility further strengthens the presence of Bayer MaterialScience in India, which includes a production facility in Cuddalore for thermoplastic polyurethanes, an Applications Development Laboratory for Coatings and Adhesives in Thane, and a Regional Technical Training Center for the APAC region in Chennai. The Greater Noida site, near New Delhi, is home to the new EcoCommercial Building, the Polyurethanes Systems House and the Polycarbonates Color Competence and Design Center, which was also inaugurated earlier this month.

Stephan Gerlich, Country Group Head - Bayer in India said, “Bayer sees APAC as major growth market. The Company is convinced that India will justify the scale of its operations and investments in the country, keeping in mind the development of the coatings and adhesives markets here.”

Bayer MaterialScience has a leading market position with polyurethane technology in many sectors of applications. The Company hopes to foster the acceptance of PU technology in the coatings and adhesives markets through the establishment of this local production and thus contribute to the growth of PU technology in India.

About Bayer MaterialScience

With 2009 sales of EUR 7.5 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 2009, Bayer MaterialScience had 30 production sites and employed approximately 14,300 people around the globe. Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company.

Ankleshwar – February 24, 2011

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