Isocyanates and Polyols

Isocyanates and Polyols

BASF PU basic products like Isocyanates and Polyols manufactured in production sites and world scale plants in Asia, Europe and North America. State-of-the-art-technology results in constant, consistent and reliable product quality and product supply. TDI, MDI and Polyols are the basic materials for the production of polyurethanes.


Polyurethanes are an important part of our daily life. They can be tailored easily to nearly all industrial application fields. Flexible polyurethane foams can be used for high-end mattress foams or seating foams, and ensure our safety as dampening foams for automotive applications. Polyurethane rigid foams help reduce energy losses due to their superior insulation performance and allow construction of more cost- and energy-efficient buildings. Compact polyurethanes can be used as tough automotive coatings, dampening pads, elastomers, shoe soles, sealants, binders or cables.


Our product line of polyurethane raw materials consists of Lupranat® aromatic isocyanates (MDI, MDI derivatives and TDI), Lupranol® and Lupraphen® polyols. Our materials are provided through direct sales and through distribution, and are available in bulk shipments (rail cars, tank trucks) as well as IBC and drums. 

Markets and Applications

Polyurethane raw materials bring performance, durability and comfort to a myriad of industrial and consumer products. Discover here the many applications that rely on MDI, TDI and polyols. 

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PU recycling

BASF has developed a chemical recycling process for used mattresses and is now conducting pilot tests at its Schwarzheide site in Brandenburg, Germany. The materials from old mattresses are to be recycled in such a way that they can be used for the production of new mattresses. Thanks to this approach, post-consumer waste could be fed back into product lifecycles.
Das ChemCycling-Projekt von BASF legt seinen Fokus darauf, Kunststoffabfälle in der chemischen Produktion wiederzuverwenden statt sie zu entsorgen. Dabei werden Kunststoffabfälle durch thermochemische Verfahren in neue Rohstoffe umgewandelt und anstelle von fossilen Ressourcen in den BASF-Verbund eingespeist. Die daraus resultierenden neuen chemischen Produkte weisen die gleiche Qualität auf wie Produkte aus fossilen Rohmaterialien.


With its chemical recycling project ChemCycling™ BASF aims to manufacture high-performance products from chemically recycled plastic waste on an industrial scale. BASF cooperates with technology partners who transform plastic waste into pyrolysis oil. This oil is fed into BASF’s Verbund and allocated to certain sales products by using a third-party audited mass balance approach. The products have the exact same properties as those manufactured from fossil feedstock.

You can count on it: Quality

At BASF, we understand how important it is that the ingredients you use are of the same high quality, each and every time. Which is why we consistently manufacture our isocyanates and polyols to the same high standards – so that our customers in all industries are guaranteed the required reliability for their processes, whatever the application.

Safe handling – every step of the way

Like many reactive chemicals, isocyanates and polyols can be hazardous if handled improperly. For this reason, we commit significant resources to promoting the responsible use of our products – along the entire supply chain. Our aim is to ensure that each person transporting, storing or processing our isocyanates and polyols is fully aware of the potential dangers and the correct handling.

Our health and safety activities begin in our own factories – where we produce isocyanates and polyols at consistent quality. But our commitment doesn’t stop there. We offer regular training courses, familiarizing customers with the recommended regular and emergency procedures. We supply dedicated material safety data sheets (MSDS) – available from the sales office. And should you require specific advice, your sales contact is on hand to help. Moreover, we are dedicated to pooling our expertise on health and safety with other stakeholders, further enhancing the core structures and processes of the polyurethane industry. We are an active member of multiple industry associations, such as ISOPA, PU Europe, Europur and the IVPU