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Phosgene is a raw material that is used primarily in the production of two other chemicals: methylenediphenyldiisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). Phosgene is produced by combining carbon monoxide and chlorine with a catalyst. 

Phosgene is essential in the manufacturing of products used in everyday life, including flexible foam in upholstered furniture, rigid foam as insulation in walls and roofs, and thermoplastic polyurethane used in medical devices and footwear. Phosgene is important in manufacturing coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers used on floors and automotive interiors. It is also used to make polycarbonate plastics, as well as a wide variety of pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, and specialty chemical intermediates.

The Phosgene Panel of the American Chemistry Council was established in 1972 to support the phosgene industry and to serve the public through the continuous evaluation of and improvements to the production, distribution and use of phosgene. The Panel is composed of companies that manufacture, use or distribute phosgene. Phosgene Panel members account for more than 95 percent of U.S. production of phosgene, which is several million tons of material. The Panel is guided by the principles of Responsible Care®.

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The Phosgene Safe Practice Guidelines have recently been updated.

Phosgene Panel Members:

BASF Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
VanDeMark Chemicals Inc.

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