Covestro launches the production of Desmodur® 15 prepolymers at its Spanish site of Barcelona. With this new production line, the company addresses the growing demand for its high-performance elastomers and can serve a wider range of very demanding applications.
Combining the mechanical characteristics with dynamic load-bearing capacity, elastomers based on Desmodur® 15 prepolymers are not only one of the most powerful cast polyurethanes in the market, but they are also as easy to process as conventional prepolymers.
"With this strategic investment, Covestro aims to further enlarge the capacity and improve the reliability of its global supply of Desmodur® 15 based products," says Philip Bahke, head of operations at Covestro Elastomers.
"On top of addressing our customers’ demand, Covestro's Barcelona site has been operating entirely on renewable energy since the beginning of 2022," says Sucheta Govil, chief commercial officer at Covestro. "This approach is part of our ambition to reduce our environmental impact while offering our customers greater access to our solutions and specialties products."
"We are opening the new production unit for our Desmodur® 15 prepolymers in Barcelona in parallel to the ongoing expansion of our NDI capacities in the Asia-Pacific region with the Map Ta Phut plant in Thailand," explains Thomas Braig, head of Covestro Elastomers.
"Thanks to this new production line, our Vulkollan® licensees, as Desmodur® 15 prepolymers processors, will be able to further develop their business," explains Abdel Arhzaf, head of NDI-Vulkollan®.