History of production and openness to investment

Idyllic setting for chemistry

Mountains and flat plains, forests, scenic waterfalls and pristine beaches – Thailand’s Rayong Province is truly enticing. But it has also another big advantage: an excellent physical infrastructure for the chemical industry and openness to international investment. It is an ideal location for one of Covestro’s main Asian production facilities in the industrial zone of Map Ta Phut at the Gulf of Thailand.
Map Ta Puth
Overview of the polycarbonate production facility in Map Ta Phut.
To date, the facility produces polycarbonate used for DVDs or car head lamps and roof structures. Raw material to produce polycarbonate is Bisphenol A, which is also produced in Map Ta Phut. Another important product is functional films, tailor-made for applications such as hand-held electronic devices or ID cards.

Polycarbonate production at the Map Ta Phut site started in 1999, when the first line with an annual capacity of 40,000 metric tons went on stream.

Over the years the capacity of the polycarbonate facility was expanded to now 290,000 metric tons a year, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. At the same time, the Bisphenol A plant was upgraded to 280,000 metric tons per year.

Training minds as well as bodies

The 500 plus employees have access to a wide variety of sport and other activities, including an on-site football field, a hall for badminton and other games, and a fitness center. For those looking to boost brain cells rather than brawn, the site also hosts a library and opportunities for e-learning such as English and Chinese classes.

And they can enjoy culinary delights such as Rayong’s abundant seafood products, which include shrimp paste, fish sauce and dried seafood, as well as tropical fruits like rambutan, mangosteen, pineapples and durians.