Products and Applications
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA produces four main product lines:
- High density polyethylene
- High density polyethylene pipe
Our focus in the manufacturing and delivery of these products is on quality, reliability of service and on-time delivery in support of our customers’ winning strategies.
We are one of the largest suppliers of ethylene, butadiene, high density polyethylene and polypropylene to the North American marketplace. Our polymer products are marketed globally both directly as business-to-business sales and through authorized distributors. Our HDPE pipe business is one of the largest in the U.S. Pipe products are manufactured in 7 sites across the U.S. to facilitate quick response and speed to market.
Key Products and End Uses 2017
Merchant Products INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA Nameplate Capacity (mlbs) Key End Uses Ethylene 4000 Polyethylene, PVC, VAM, ethylene glycol Butadiene 220 Synthetic rubber, ABS, nylon High Density PE 2,115 Blow molded bottles, injection molding, pipe, packaging Polypropylene 1,800 Fiber, film, injection molding, sheet HDPE Pipe 500 Potable water, waste water, mining, oil and gas, natural gas, power and communications Internal Feedstocks Propylene 880 Polypropylene, acrylonitrile, propylene oxide
Ethylene is produced by steam cracking feedstocks such as natural gas liquids and refining streams, including ethane, propane and light naphtha. Ethylene is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet smell. It transforms from liquid into a gas at very low temperatures and is normally transported as a supercritical fluid through pipelines.
Ethylene is used to make:
- Ethylene dichloride
- Ethylene glycol
- Linear alpha olefins
- Vinyl acrylate monomer
These chemicals are then used to manufacture a wide variety of products from plastic wrap to milk bottles to PVC piping. Ethylene is of fundamental importance to the plastics industry and is a basic building block of organic chemistry.
Propylene is a highly flammable colorless gas. Propylene is easier to transport than ethylene, as it can be liquefied at much lower pressures and conveyed in its liquid form.
Our propylene is used internally as a chemical feedstock to make products such as:
Polypropylene and acrylonitrile are used in fiber, fabrics, cars, appliances, packaging and toys.
1,3-Butadiene is a colorless gas at room temperature and is liquid at a few degrees below water's freezing point. It is typically extracted from the C4 cut of an olefins cracking process but can be made through dehydrogenation of normal butane. 1,3-Butadiene is used mainly to make synthetic rubber.
Synthetic rubber is used to make car and truck tires and athletic shoe soles.
Also called butenes, or Raff-1, this C4 hydrocarbon stream is comprised mostly of butane components such as isobutylene and 1-butene, and contains some normal- and iso-butane. It can be transported by pipeline, railcar or barge.
Butenes can be:
- Used directly as an alkylate feed in a refinery process
- Or further refined and used for making consumer products
Raff-1 alkylate feed is used in making gasoline; refined butenes are used in the manufacture of adhesives, plastics and cosmetics.
Crude benzene is one of the heavier products produced by a steam cracking process and is comprised mostly of the chemical component benzene, a colorless, highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell.
Crude benzene is further refined to benzene where it is used in the production of other industrial chemicals such as:
Crude benzene is used as a precursor in the production of pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic rubber and dyes.
Fuel oil is typically the heaviest cut of the steam cracking process. It is a liquid at room temperature and is typically used as a fuel for the generation of heat or in an engine for the generation of power.
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA produces 1.8 billion pounds of polypropylene homopolymer, random copolymer and impact copolymer pellets annually, which is shipped via railroad hopper cars and bulk trucks.
Our polypropylene is used in the manufacture of:
- Roofing and other building and construction
- Automotive and appliance parts
- Food packaging, cups and containers
- Caps and closures
- BOPP film
- Totes and storage bins
- Hygienic products
Annually, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA produces 2.1 billion pounds of high-density polyethylene homopolymer and copolymer, primarily in the form of pellets, which is shipped via railroad hopper cars and bulk trucks.
Our polyethylene is used in the manufacture of:
- Food packaging
- Milk, water and juice bottles
- Power and telecom cables
- Household chemical containers
- Fuel tanks
- Injection molded products such as toys, caps, closures, crates and pails
- High molecular weight film
High density polyethylene pipe
Annually WL Plastics produces 500 million pounds of high density polyethylene pipe. Click here to learn more.
Our pipe products are used for:
- Potable water
- Waste water
- Oil and gas
- Natural gas
- Power and communications applications
Angel Hair and Streamers Environmental Stress Crack Resistance of Polyethylene HDPE Silo Capacity HDPE Chemical Resistance Guide HDPE Pipe: PE3608 versus PE4710 HDPE Typical Properties INEOS Extrusion Guidelines for HDPE Pipe Grade Resins INEOS Injection Molding Conditions for Pipe Resins PP Chemical Resistance Guide PP Processing Guide PP Silo Capacity PP Typical Properties Tips for Injection Molding INEOS HDPE Resins Tips for Injection Molding INEOS Polypropylene Resins
Notice of INEOS Patents
INEOS Olefins and Polymers believes that investing in research and design leads to the development of superior products and our patents are an important part of that investment. In accordance with Section 287(a) of Title 35 of the United States Code, you are hereby placed on notice of INEOS O&P USA Company's rights in the United States Patents listed on this site which cover the following resin grades, applications and/or processes, which are exemplary as the associated patents may not be limited thereto.
Grades Patents CAP508X2177, CAP508US US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2 CAP508X2178, CAP508US2 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2 CAP508X2179, CAP508US3 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2 CAP602SX2174, CAP602CB7 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2 CP53-30 US 7879946B2, US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2, US 6946521B2 J50-1000-187 US 6797756B2 J50-10N5000 US 9481772, WO2013101767A2 K44-06-122 US 7452954B2 TUB121, TUB121N, TUB121N3000, TUB121NTW, TUB121TW US 7879946B2, US 7233878B2, US 7776998B2, US 6946521B2, US 8653201B2 Applications/ Processes Patents Low gel film and pipe US 8124708B2 Bimodal film US 7897710B2, US 9481772, WO2013101767A2 Bimodal pipe fittings US 7812095B1 Bimodal pipe US 7232866B1, US 7452954B1, US 7879946B1 Bimodal cap US 7750082B1 Organoleptic treatment US 7232878B1, ZL201080071048.1 Caps US 6797756B1 Polyethylene with improved toughness and processability US 6489427B1 System and method for rapid transitioning of polyolefin processes from one product to another US 8986618, US 9273155, US 9371404