Markets

Chemicals

Ammonia and nitric acid are key raw materials for the production of fertilisers. In addition, INEOS Enterprises’ ammonia is extensively used in the production of acrylonitrile, which is considered a building block for the production of polymers, such as ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene). Nitric acid is a raw material for the production of polyurethane, widely used in the manufacture of hard and soft foams, designed for the exacting requirements of the construction and automobile industry.

Rapeseed oil is primarily used in the production of INEOS’ Enterprises biodiesel, but is also used as a feedstock in other chemical products that have a wide range of chemical applications.

Glycerine is a raw material that can be used in the manufacture of further chemicals, such as propylene glycol. It can also be further processed for use in cosmetics (e.g. soaps) and pharmaceutical products.

INEOS Solvents Ethanol, due to its high solvency performance is used as a versatile process solvent for a wide range of reactive and non-reactive process steps, as well as being used as re-crystallisation solvent in its own right.

Sulphuric acid is one of the world’s largest industrial chemicals. INEOS’ sulphuric acid is used in the manufacture of a whole series of products such as hydrofluoric acid, caprolactum, ammonium sulphate, titanium dioxide, acrylonitrile and methyl methacrylate. These products serve many end markets ranging from refrigerants for air-conditioning units and domestic appliances to engineering polymers (PTFE, nylon, acrylic polymers), fertilisers, paints and coatings.

INEOS’ ultra-pure sulphuric acid is also used in the production of silicon wafers for the electronics industry, as well as electrolytes in battery manufacture.

INEOS‘ UV salt is used across Europe in Chlor alkali industry in the electrolysis of sodium chloride or brine. The full product of range for salt is sold to chemical distributors to be sold into a variety of end use applications including chemical manufacture and to produce brine, which is used to control well pressure in the drilling industry.

Construction

INEOS Compounds produce a range of products that can be used in construction from the floor up; ranging from PVC flooring compounds to ridge tile compounds. Other opportunities within this sector are our dry blend compounds for the manufacture of PVC windows, used in conjunction with gasketing materials. INEOS Compounds offer a full range of products covering conservatory manufacture from flooring, cable management and trunking to roof sheet and finials, all in addition to the conservatory frame itself. Guttering systems, inclusive of drain pipes are also a major application in this area.

INEOS Styrenics Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) is a key raw material for conversion into insulation products for the building and construction industries. EPS insulation is recognised as one of the most cost efficient insulation materials on the market with safe and easy handling. It is used widely for insulation on facades, internal and cavity walls, roofs, floors and below ground as perimeter insulation and frost protection. The new generation of EPS Silver products has even better insulation properties for these applications. EPS is also used in civil engineering for ground stabilisation allowing rapid construction of roads and bridges. EPS has good properties for seismic shock isolation and is finding increasing use in earthquake zones.

Manufacture

INEOS Compounds offer a wide range of flexible and rigid PVC products used for  cable management, trunking, roof sheet, gasketing, hose and tube, stair nosing, floor trims, supermarket ticketing strips, cavity closures and rainwater goods.

Industrial Pure Dry Vacuum (PDV) salt is used in the manufacture & treatment of textiles & textile dyes.

INEOS Melamines, with its Maprenal® and Resimene® melamine resins is the innovative partner for the coatings industry whenever crosslinking solutions are needed. Our resins are used in challenging coatings applications including the automotive industry, coil and can coating and other specialised requirements.

Fuel

INEOS Enterprises Biodiesel is blended with fossil diesel at up to 7% by volume in order to contribute to the EU meeting its targets on the use of renewable energy in transport fuels.

The processing of the rapeseed into the oil feedstock used for our biodiesel manufacture, also results in the production of rape meal, which is used as a feed for the livestock industry in Europe. Glycerine is a co-product of the biodiesel production process and is also used in the animal feed industry.

Food

INEOS Champlor manufactures rapeseed oil in France and supplied food manufactures in different sectors, including bread making, biscuits, sauces and condiments, prepared dishes, margarines, dressing and packers.

PDV salt is manufactured to stringent food hygiene standards; it is also an important ingredient for the food industry where it is used for preservation and curing and for flavour enhancement.

Microfine Salt produced by INEOS is primarily used in food manufacture such as snack foods, butter and cheese making where a finer grade of salt is required for smooth processing.

Sea Salt is available to compliment high purity vacuum salts that are produced by INEOS Enterprises.

INEOS Enterprises PDV Salt is BRC accredited and Kosher and Halaal certified for food use.

INEOS Chlorotoluenes are used in the production of flavourings and food additives.

Film & Sheet

INEOS Enterprises CEREPLAS Esters are used in PVC film as plasticisers. They are the key components for enhancing the softness of the film with the benefits of low migration and food properties.

Automotive

INEOS Enterprises versatile range of CEREPLAS Esters are suitable as PVC plasticisers for an extensive variety of interior and exteriors PVC cars parts for which low fogging or heat resistance are required.

INEOS Compounds offer both flexible and rigid compounds to this market, covering such items as body mouldings, dash trims, glass gasketing and auto harness wiring.

INEOS Melamines produce highly etherified melamine resins of the HMMM type. Our resins are used as crosslinkers for the production of tyres and technical rubber articles like transport or power transmission belts.

Medical & Pharma

INEOS Compounds  PVC compounds are used in the manufacture of  medical devices including blood bags, tubing, IV sets and catheter devices CEREPLASTM Esters are widely used as plasticisers, which are particularly suited for use in the PVC products designed for the medical industry.

INEOS Solvents Ethanol meets all the requirements of the United Sates Pharmacopoeia (USP), the European Pharmacopoeia (EP) and the British Pharmacopoeia (BP). This allows our Ethanol to be used as feedstock and solvent in pharmaceuticals manufacture of insulin and anti-viral compounds.

INEOS Chlorotoluenes are precursors to a number of Pharmaceutical active ingredients, including penicillin.

Water Treatment

hydrosoft Granular is a unique water softening salt produced by a special evaporation process which forms rounded beads of salt from single crystals. Its flow ability and high purity make it the No.1 granular salt for water softening in the UK. Granular salt is also used in fish curing and other specialist applications because of its purity and particle size.

hydrosoft Tablets are square 'pillow' shaped tablets made by the very latest compaction technology. With no additives, this is the purest water softening salt tablet available.

INEOS’ sulphuric acid is used by the water industry for pH control and as ion exchange resin regeneration.

De-Icing

INEOS Solvents Ethanol can be used as screenwash in the Nordic countries.

INEOS Salt is widely used in the UK to de-ice roads in winter. For example, we came to the rescue of many road users in 2010 - see our news.

Packaging

INEOS Compounds offer both flexible and rigid compounds for packaging covering the market from cosmetic containers to medical bottles and storage and crates. 

INEOS Styrenics Expanded Polystyrene possesses excellent insulation and shock absorption properties and can be moulded and shaped into a multitude of forms. This makes it suitable for a vast array of packaging applications. From insulating cups for hot and cold drinks, food trays, fish boxes for transportation and storage of fresh fish, cool boxes, medical transportation containers to car child seats, crash helmets, protective packaging for white goods, furniture, electronic goods, transportation trays, seed trays, etc. There is a broad diversity of uses.

Pipes

INEOS Compounds rigid PVC materials are used in the extrusion of underground, soil and drainage pipes.

Home & Electronic Appliances

INEOS Compounds offer a wide range of PVC cable compounds which are designed to meet BS7655 (TI1, TI2, TM1, TM2 & TM9). INEOS Compounds also offer a wide range of cable compounds with flame retardant properties which are ideal for this application.

INEOS Melamines is a leading supplier of melamine resins and additives for laminate flooring and furniture industry. Our portfolio of Madurit® and Hypersal® include tailor-made resins for impregnation of decor, overlay and balance papers, along with hardeners, wetting agents and release agents in order to increase efficiency or production.

Paint & Ink

INEOS Solvents Ethanol is an important solvent for the coatings and inks industry, particularly when used with flexible packaging for food contact.

INEOS Chlorotoluenes  are used as Epoxy hardeners, and used in the paints used on marine vessels and oil field platforms.

Cosmetics & Personal Care

In the cosmetic sector, INEOS Solvents Ethanol is used in products such as anti-perspirants, deodorants, perfumes, mouthwash, hair sprays and various other toiletries.

Our INEOS Chlorotoluenes products are used in the production of UV stabilisers for sunscreens.

Detergents & Household

INEOS Solvents Ethanol is widely used in detergents and various household products, and particularly into anti-bacterial hand-wash gels.

Paper

The Madurit® range of resins from INEOS Melamines give unique properties to specialty papers like magazines, banknotes, filters or furniture papers. Our resins are used to increase wet strength and whiteness of paper in these and several related applications.

Textiles

INEOS Melamines resins are used in many applications in the textile industry, including both technical textiles and more classical applications such as textile printing and finishing for clothing and  as a binder for the production of glass and organic fiber nonwovens.