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Covestro in Taiwan

Covestro is a leading manufacturer of advanced polymers and high-performance plastics around the world. Our business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction as well as Sports and Leisure industries.

The headquarters of Covestro Taiwan is located in Taipei, and there are two factories in Changhua and Linyuan, plus a Research and Development (R&D) Center at the Changhua site, providing high-performance materials and innovative solutions to Taiwan and Asia-Pacific markets and customers.

In the field of production, the Covestro Changhua site mainly produces Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) resins and is also the largest production site in Asia. The core business of Covestro Linyuan site is to produce polyether polyol and also supply customised long-chain and short-chain-based PET solutions for the local market, as well as for mainland China and other Southeast Asian countries.

The TPU Research and Development (R&D) Center was established at the Covestro Changhua site, providing customers with customised products and services.

The headquarters of Covestro is located in Leverkusen, Germany.

Production sites – The state-of-the-art facilities with leading technologies

There are two major production sites in Covestro Taiwan, one is located in Linyuan, which produces polyether polyols (PET), and another is located in Changhua, which produces thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). In addition to these sites, there is an integrated site located in Shanghai, China, which provides quality products and services for the customers of the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Covestro Taiwan Linyuan Site

    The Linyuan plant, located in the Linyuan Petrochemical Complex in Kaohsiung City produces polyether polyols (PET) and formulated PET with shipping and supports other functions at the site. The products of Linyuan are commonly used for furniture, automotive, construction, electronics and other areas.

  • Covestro Taiwan Changhua Site

    The Linyuan plant, located in the Linyuan Petrochemical Complex in Kaohsiung City produces polyether polyols (PET) and formulated PET with shipping and supports other functions at the site. The products of Linyuan are commonly used for furniture, automotive, construction, electronics and other areas.

  • Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai

    The Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai (CISS) is located in Shanghai. It is the largest investment and the largest production sites outside of Germany, which provides better products and services for the Asia-Pacific region. The facility produces high-grade polycarbonate, polyurethane raw materials, and coating, adhesive, specialty chemical raw materials that are commonly used in construction, electronics, wood and furniture, and automotive sectors.

For better services and products

Research and Development Centers

In order to meet the needs of the Taiwanese and Asia-Pacific markets, Covestro has set up a polymer R&D Center(PRDC) in Shanghai, China, in addition to the TPU R&D Center in Changhua, Taiwan, to serve the entire Asia-Pacific market. PRDC Is also one of the world's three major R&D centers.

Research and Development Center of Covestro

Groundbreaking inventions, long history

Bayer, a pioneering company with a history reaching back over 150 years, has announced the establishment of a new company which promises great things. Bayer MaterialScience has officially changed its name to Covestro, which is operating as an independent company. Looking back over the years, the achievements of the past fill us with confidence. Looking ahead, we will accelerate our endeavors with our feet firmly on the ground.

Historical events of Covestro – Groundbreaking inventions, long history

Bayer, a pioneering company with a history reaching back over 150 years, has announced the establishment of a new company which promises great things. Bayer MaterialScience has officially changed its name to Covestro, which is operating as an independent company. Looking back over the years, the achievements of the past fill us with confidence. Looking ahead, we will accelerate our endeavors with our feet firmly on the ground.

  • 2015

    New company - Covestro

    On September 1, Bayer MaterialScience became a separate legal entity operating under the name Covestro. Covestro (Taiwan) Ltd. was established on the same day. The global headquarters is located at Leverkusen Germany. Covestro was listed in the Frankfurt stock exchange in October of the same year.

  • 2014

    CO₂ as new raw material

    Bayer MaterialScience plans to use carbon dioxide as a new raw material for the production of high-quality foams and is building a production line for this purpose at the site in Dormagen, Germany. A three-year research and testing phase showed that the new process works and that the CO₂-based materials have the same high quality as products produced using conventional methods.

  • Expand HDI production systems

    Announced the expansion of HDI production systems, and begins construction of systems at Integrated Site Shanghai for annual HDI production capacity of 50,000 tons.

  • Opening of the TDI plant

    A state-of-the-art, large-scale plant for the particularly eco-friendly production of the polyurethane component TDI is brought on stream in Dormagen, bringing one of the most important capital expenditure projects of the last decade to a successful conclusion.

  • 2013

    Renamed as Bayer MaterialScience Taiwan Ltd.

    Bayer MaterialScience in Taiwan completed its Spin-off from Bayer Taiwan and merged with Bayer-Uretech and Bayer Polyurethanes Taiwan, and was renamed as Bayer MaterialScience Taiwan Ltd.

  • Innovation hub for the Asia-Pacific region in Shanghai

    The Shanghai PRDC builds an innovation hub for the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 2010

    Expansion of business in China

    Beginning in 2010 the company is investing about another EUR 1 billion to expand its facilities at the site in Shanghai, China. Production capacities are to be more than doubled as a result. Including the expansion, the total investment in the site amounts to more than EUR 3 billion. In addition, the headquarters of the Polycarbonates Business Unit is being transferred from Leverkusen to Shanghai.

  • 2008

    Shanghai Integrated Site announces a series of production plans

    Groundbreaking and operational launch of a 250,000 ton plant for TDI (toluene diisocyanate).

  • 2007

    Acquired Uretech, established Bayer-Uretech Ltd.

    With a goal of enhancing its TPU market share in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, Bayer MaterialScience acquired Uretech in July and established Bayer-Uretech Ltd. in Taiwan. Now it is the Changhua site of Covestro Taiwan.

  • 2003

    Bayer group formed Bayer MaterialScience as its subgroup

    Bayer MaterialScience established.

  • 2000

    Acquired Lyondell Polyol, established Bayer Polyurethanes Taiwan Ltd.

    Bayer acquired part of US-based Lyondell Chemical Company. This move makes the German group and later Bayer MaterialScience the world’s biggest producer of raw materials for polyurethanes. Its LY Site was also renamed as Bayer Polyurethanes Taiwan Ltd at that time. It was the first production site in Taiwan. Now it is called the Covestro Taiwan Linyuan site.

  • 1982

    First Makrolon® automobile headlamp

    For decades, car headlamps were made of glass. From the 1980s the transparent high-performance plastic Makrolon® has become the material of choice – being lightweight, tough and easy to shape. The trend began in the United States and Japan and came to Europe in the 1990s. Some of the modern headlamps that fit so harmoniously into the complex contours of the body would be impossible to manufacture from glass.

  • Birth of the audio CD

    On August 17, PolyGram begins large-scale production of the first compact disc (of classical music). For this purpose, Bayer had developed a special grade of Makrolon® that is still used today as the base material for all optical storage media.

  • 1967

    K67 is world’s first all-plastic car

    The sports car that Bayer presents at the plastics fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is made almost entirely from various kinds of plastics. Only the engine, gearbox and wheels are of metal. Today, plastics make up about 15 percent of the weight of an average car – a figure that continues to rise.

  • 1963

    Makrolon® conquers kitchens and camping sites

    At the plastics fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, visitors are fascinated by the lightweight plates, cups, dishes and bowls made of this shatterproof plastic that are increasingly finding its way into kitchen and caravans.

  • 1962

    Rigid foam in the cooling chain

    Polyurethane rigid foam is launched as insulation material for cooling devices. This helps to considerably increase the energy efficiency of refrigerators.

  • 1959

    Chemistry in fashion

    Moltopren®, a lightweight flexible foam, was presented to the public in 1952 as an ideal material for upholstered furniture. It will soon be adopted by the fashion industry for garment processing.

  • 1958

    Bayer Group entered into Taiwan market with chemical material

    Bayer Group entered into Taiwan market with chemical material

  • 1953

    Hermann Schnell discovers polycarbonate

    The Bayer chemist, working at the Group’s Central Scientific Laboratory in Krefeld-Uerdingen, succeeds in synthesizing polycarbonate more or less at the first attempt. The event passes almost unnoticed, except in specialist circles. But just five years later, Bayer will begin producing the transparent and versatile plastic, known by its brand name Makrolon®, on an industrial scale.

  • 1937

    Otto Bayer discovers polyurethanes

    The invention by the chemist – who is not related to the family that founded the Bayer Group – revolutionizes the chemical industry, but his discovery is by chance. After mixing two chemical substances, Otto Bayer succeeds in synthesizing the first polyurethane foam. Initially nobody has an idea what it can be used for, and it will take another ten years of development work before customized materials can be manufactured from polyurethanes.

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