Bayer MaterialScience LLC has acquired DuPont’s Baytown, TX, aniline production facility. With the acquisition, Bayer assumes responsibility for the facility’s direct operating personnel. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Aniline is a primary feedstock used to manufacture methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), a chemical used to produce rigid polyurethane foams for insulation in the construction industry, as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and binders.
The aniline facility is located within Bayer’s Baytown plant, the company’s largest manufacturing facility in the U.S. and a critical asset in its global manufacturing portfolio.
“North America is poised for strong MDI growth driven by recovery in the construction market, energy code advancement and home comfort trends,” said Craig Caputo, vice president – polyurethanes regional product manager, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “This strategic acquisition positions Bayer to meet this growing demand while further strengthening our leadership in the polyurethane industry.”