Covestro’s northernmost production site

Cruise ships and a tall chimney

When the weather’s good the chimney towering 132 meters above the coastal plain at the Brunsbüttel site can be seen from far away. Covestro doesn’t just maintain its own large-scale production facilities at the confluence of the Elbe River and the Kiel Canal. The company is also the operator of the Covestro Brunsbüttel Industrial Park, which is home to additional international companies and a variety of service providers.
Brunsbüttel site at the Kiel Canal, the world’s busiest man-made waterway.
The cornerstone for Covestro’s northernmost production site was laid in a marsh in 1973. Concrete piles up to 26 meters high had to be rammed into the soft ground. The first plants came on stream four years later, initially for the production of toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a key component of flexible polyurethane foam. TDI production was discontinued in early September 2015, leaving Dormagen as the sole production center for TDI in Europe.

Production expansion planned

Diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI), which is required for rigid foam, has been produced in Brunsbüttel since 1988. Rigid polyurethane foam made from MDI is used for the efficient thermal insulation of buildings and throughout the cold chain, for instance. MDI capacity is to be expanded as necessary in response to market demand.

Major employer

Since 2005, the company in the far North has been not just a manufacturer, but also the operator of the Covestro Brunsbüttel Industrial Park, a state-of-the-art chemical site with outstanding infrastructure. Some 1,000 people work at the 420-hectare site. With around 600 employees, Covestro is the largest employee in the region. Many employees cycle to work from the neighboring residential areas – in most cases taking the ferry across the Kiel Canal.