Huntsman Corp. recently announced the start of commercial operation of a new methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) splitter at its Geismar site in Louisiana. The $180 million splitter gives Huntsman the ability to produce more high-value, differentiated grades from the crude MDI manufactured at the plant, enabling growth in key customer applications.

“The new splitter reinforces our strategy of delivering value over volume by creating a more differentiated product portfolio. It enables us to provide our customers in automotive, furniture, construction, adhesives and coatings markets with more options for innovative, sustainable polyurethanes products,” said Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division.

The completion of the MDI splitter project was celebrated at a special event on July 13 at the Geismar facility hosted by Huntsman Chairman, President and CEO Peter Huntsman. Guests included Attorney General of Louisiana Jeff Landry, local officials, key customers, suppliers, members of Huntsman’s senior leadership team, and Geismar employees.

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