High-tech and future-oriented plant in the jewel of China

Big city, big business

Gateway to the World, Paris of the East, Pearl of the Orient... Shanghai is a city with many names and a long tradition. Once a small fishing village, it is now the most important industrial city in China. In this emerging country, there is a strong demand for products in various industries, including the construction, automotive and electronics industries, all core markets for Covestro.
Shanghai
Covestro employee Gary Xi at the polycarbonate production plant in Shanghai.
It was a rice field south of Shanghai that Covestro turned into one of its largest sites, starting in 2001. Since then, the company invested more than €3bn there.

In the area there are several huge plants, working with latest technology and manufacturing all major products Covestro is selling.  

As part of recent investment program, capacities for the polyurethane raw material MDI have been significantly increased to 500,000 tons per year, while those for high-performance polycarbonates are scheduled to be increased to 400,000 tons per year. In addition, capacities for the coating raw material HDI are to be expanded to 80,000 tons per year.

Bigger and better

Employees are particularly proud of a plant for the production of TDI, used to make such products as flexible foams for mattresses and upholstered furniture. With a production capacity of 250,000 tons, this plant features new eco-friendly technology developed in-house.

Shanghai has a lot more to offer besides chemistry, however. It is an incredible and exciting mix of historical buildings nestled between towering skyscrapers – the city of millions on China's east coast also has a number of record-breaking attractions. People can take a drive across the spectacular Nanpu Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge with a total length of more than 8,000 meters, or tour the world’s largest port, to name just two examples.