Covestro Opens New Elastomer Plant in China

08.08.2023 - Covestro began production in its new Shanghai plant for polyurethane elastomers systems following the groundbreaking in the summer of 2022. The investment, in the double-digit million Euro range, is part of a series of investments in the elastomers raw materials taken by the business in the past years with sites in Thailand and Spain.

The new plant is planned to meet the demand for materials in the APAC region for renewable energy applications in offshore cable protection, silicon wafer-cutting rollers of photovoltaic panels, and more.

"We provide materials that help to facilitate a more climate-neutral and circular world. The products to be manufactured at our new plant in Shanghai are an excellent illustration of this, as they will assist our customers in meeting the increasing demand for renewable energy solutions," commented Sucheta Govil, Chief Commercial Officer at Covestro

The polyurethane elastomer systems produced at the site can be used in offshore wind energy, protection of submarine cables, the manufacturing process of photovoltaic panels, and screening media in the mining industry. 

The new plant is the latest addition to the Covestro Integrated Site Shanghai (CISS), Covestro’s single largest production site worldwide. CISS is now home to twelve plants and since 2001, the company has invested about €3.7 billion into the site thusfar.

Holly Lei, President of Covestro in China, said, "The products we produce in CISS and this addition of polyurethane elastomers systems position us to make meaningful contributions to sustainability efforts in China and in the entire region, for example in the area of renewable energy generation."

CISS is also among Covestro’s ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) certified sites, able to supply customers with certified sustainable materials. It recently introduced a suffix to their products to distinguish these sustainable materials (CQ, for Circular Intelligence), which indicates a minimum of 25% alternative raw materials for their customers.



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