Products

Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO)

  • OVERVIEW

    Below you will find information on Linear Alpha Olefin (LAO) products. Documentation for all products is accessible via our "VIEW OUR PRODUCT RANGE" link. For any additional technical information, please email us at oligomersinfo@ineos.com.

    Linear alpha olefins (LAO) find application in a wide variety of end uses including:

    • Comonomers for polyethylene
    • Synthetic lubricants
    • Surfactant intermediates
    • Base oil for synthetic drilling fluids 
    • Lubricant additives

    With manufacturing facilities in Canada and Belgium, INEOS Oligomers is one of the largest merchant suppliers of alpha olefins.

    INEOS Oligomers Products Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO)

  • Hexene

    INEOS Oligomers Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO) products(1-Hexene, Alpha Olefin C6)

    1-Hexene is a clear, water-white mobile liquid. Like all the INEOS Oligomers alpha olefins it is produced using a modified Ziegler ethylene chain growth technology. 

    1-Hexene enters into all reactions typical of alpha olefins. It can be used as a comonomer in polyolefins and as an intermediate in the production of oxo alcohols, hexyl mercaptans, organic aluminum compounds and synthetic fatty acids.

  • Octene

    (1-Octene, Alpha Olefin C8)

    1-Octene is a clear, water-white mobile liquid. Like all the INEOS Oligomers alpha olefins it is produced using a modified Ziegler ethylene chain growth technology. The product is 99+% olefinic.

    1-Octene enters into all reactions typical of alpha olefins. It can be used as a comonomer in polyolefins and as an intermediate in the production of oxo alcohols, octyl mercaptans, amines, organic aluminum compounds, synthetic fatty acids and hydrogenated oligomers.

  • Decene

    (1-Decene, Alpha Olefin C10)

    1-Decene is a clear, water-white mobile liquid. Like all the INEOS Oligomers alpha olefins it is produced using a modified Ziegler ethylene chain growth technology. The product is 99+ percent olefinic.

    1-Decene enters into all reactions typical of alpha olefins. It can be used as a comonomer in certain copolymers and as an intermediate in the production of epoxides, amines, oxo alcohols, synthetic lubricants, synthetic fatty acids and alkylated aromatics.

  • Dodecene

    (1-Dodecene, Alpha Olefin C12)

    1-Dodecene is a clear, water-white mobile liquid. Like all the INEOS Oligomers alpha olefins it is produced using a modified Ziegler ethylene chain growth technology. The product is 99+ percent olefinic.

    1-Dodecene enters into all reactions typical of alpha olefins. It can be used in the production of amines and amine oxides, mercaptans, oxo alcohols, alkylated aromatics, synthetic lubricants, epoxides and synthetic fatty acids.

  • Tetradecene

    (1-Tetradecene, Alpha Olefin C14)

    1-Tetradecene is a clear, water-white mobile liquid. Like all the INEOS Oligomers alpha olefins, it is produced using a modified Ziegler ethylene chain growth technology. The product is 99+ percent olefinic.

    1-Tetradecene enters into all reactions typical of alpha olefins. It can be used in the production of amines and amine oxides, mercaptans, oxo alcohols, alkylated aromatics, alpha olefin sulfonates, synthetic lubricants, epoxides, tanning oils and synthetic fatty acids.

  • Olefin Blends

    INEOS Olefins Linear Alpha Olefins BlendsIn addition to pure cut alpha olefins, INEOS Oligomers supplies several alpha olefin blends: C1214, C1416, C1618, C2024 and C20+ olefins.

    Alpha olefin blends undergo all reactions typical of alpha olefins. They can be used in the production of amines and amine oxides, oxo alcohols, alkylated aromatics, epoxides, tanning oils, synthetic lubricants, lubricant additives, alpha olefin sulfonates and synthetic fatty acids.

AMODRILL DRILLING FLUIDS

  • OVERVIEW

    For technical information about Amodrill® products email us at amodrill@ineos.com.

  • AMODRILL DRILLING FLUIDS

    Environmentally friendly drilling muds based on Amodrill drilling fluids can reduce overall operating costs. INEOS Oligomers offer fluids for both offshore and onshore use. 

    Amodrill fluids have positive environmental attributes and can improve penetration rates. INEOS Oligomers offers a range of alpha olefin drilling products to the oilfield drilling arena which include linear alpha olefins, olefin blends and polyalpha olefins. These clear, colorless, water-white mobile liquids have been used in marine drilling environments for more than a decade. In land trials, low density Amodrill LAO fluids have led to improved penetration rates.

    AMODRILL GRADE SUMMARY

    These products offer a number of positive environmental attributes, including:

    • Reduced exposure to fugitive emissions of aromatic compounds vs. diesel or mineral oil materials
    • Low volatility
    • Flash points above 100°C
    • Lower odour than diesel oil
    • Rapid biodegradation in soil
    • Low toxicity in soil to bacteria, plants and worms

    The following list identifies our products and their typical applications

    Offshore Applications:

    • Amodrill® 1000 - Oilfield drilling fluids, standard for US GoM waters
    • Amodrill® 1100 - Oilfield drilling fluids, favored in European waters
    • Amodrill® 1200 - Oilfield drilling fluid used for offshore applications
    • Amodrill® 1230 - Oilfield drilling fluid used for offshore applications
    • Amodrill® 2110 - Additive used to improve lubricity and well bore stability

    The following list identifies our products and their typical applications

    Land drilling:

durasyn PolyalphaOlefin (PAO)

  • Overview

    Below you will find information on Durasyn® and Silkflo® products. Documentation for all products is accessible via our "VIEW OUR PRODUCT RANGE" link. For any additional technical information, please email us at durasyn@ineos.com.

    INEOS Oligomers is the world's largest merchant marketer of polyalphaolefins (PAO) synthetic fluids under the trade name Durasyn.

    INEOS has Durasyn PAO production plants in LaPorte (Texas, USA) and in Feluy (Belgium). Both sites are integrated with INEOS’ linear alpha olefin (LAO) product line, which provides the feedstock for the production of Durasyn fluids.

    The INEOS polyalphaolefin business has a global presence, with regional commercial teams located throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. We employ a highly experienced technical group, an experienced and professional network of local sales staff and local distributors to assure true global reach. 

    Durasyn polyalphaolefin synthetic fluids have greater film thickness at high temperatures than comparable Group I, Group II or Group III mineral oils. This fact results in superior high temperature protection for equipment lubricated with polyalphaolefin-based synthetic lubricants. Lubricants containing Durasyn polyalphaolefin also achieve full lubrication more quickly at low temperatures than comparable mineral oil-based lubricants due to their superior low temperature viscometrics and lower pour points. This is an important performance benefit given that a high percentage of component wear occurs during cold equipment start-up.

    PAO-based synthetic lubricants are highly shear stable and are generally acknowledged to have better thermal / oxidative stability than comparable mineral oil-based lubricants. Improved oxidation resistance yields lower viscosity increase in service and reduces the deposit and varnish forming tendencies of lubricants.

    Durasyn PAOs are used in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications including passenger car motor oils, wind turbine lubricants, heavy-duty diesel engine oils, fiber optic cable compounds, transmission fluids, compressor oils, hydraulic oils and gear oils. Durasyn PAOs are also authorized for use as components of food grade lubricants and are registered with the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) under H-1 and HX-1 classifications.

  • PERFORMANCE FEATURES
    • Exceptional low temperature viscometrics
    • Excellent thermal, oxidative and hydrolytic stability
    • High Viscosity Indices (VI)
    • Some grades possess high biodegradability
    • Colorless and odorless
    • No sulfur, nitrogen or aromatics
    • Non-toxic, non-corrosive
    • Uniform (engineered) molecular structure 

     

    The main Durasyn PAO products are:

    1-decene (C10) based Durasyn 162, 164, 166, 168, 170
    1-dodecene (C12) based Durasyn 145, 146*, 147*, 148
    Mixed alphaolefin based Durasyn 125, 126*, 127*, 128
    Metallocene high viscosity 1-decene (C10) based Durasyn 174I, 180R, 180I
    Specialty Grades Durasyn 164X*, 166X

    *Not available in all regions

    PERFORMANCE BENEFITS OF DURASYN PAO-BASED LUBRICANTS:

     

  • FILM THICKNESS

    Relative to mineral oil-derived lubricants, PAO synthetic lubricants have greater film thickness at high temperatures. This fact results in superior high temperature protection for equipment lubricated with PAO-based synthetics.

  • LOW TEMPERATURE FLUIDITY

    PAO-based synthetic lubricants also achieve full lubrication more quickly at low temperatures than do comparable mineral oil-based lubricants due to their inherently lower pour points and low temperature viscosities. This is an important performance benefit given that a high percentage of component wear occurs during cold equipment start-up.

  • SHEAR STABILITY

    Synthetic lubricants formulated with polyalphaolefins are highly shear stable. When oils shear out of grade, usually due to chain scission of polymeric viscosity index improvers, it results in oils with significantly lower viscosities, which may not be able to prevent metal-metal contact and attendant wear. PAO containing formulations show little shear loss under demanding conditions and maintain their ability to protect against wear.

  • OXIDATIVE STABILITY

    INEOS Durasyn Polyalpha Olefin Products

    Synthetic lubricants formulated with polyalphaolefins are generally acknowledged to have better oxidative stability than comparable Group I, Group II or Group III mineral oil-based lubricants. Improved oxidation resistance yields lower viscosity increase in service and less deposit formation and varnish build-up; in other words, the internal surfaces of rotating equipment are cleaner. It is not uncommon for synthetic lubricants to provide 5 to 10 times longer life than mineral oil-based fluids.

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE STABILITY

    When exposed to the oxidizing effect of air, polyalphaolefins are less prone to form sludge and deposits than mineral-based lubricants. Sludge and deposits can restrict oil flow and may interfere with heat removal in rotating equipment. The inherent high temperature stability of PAOs can significantly decrease rotating equipment failures, decrease equipment maintenance and allow oil change intervals to be extended.

  • HIGH VISCOSITY INDEX

    Polyalphaolefins exhibit relatively constant viscosity with increasing temperature. The parameter used to measure a fluid's ability to resist viscosity change with increasing temperature is viscosity index (VI). Thus PAOs have high viscosity indices compared to many petroleum derived fluids. The high inherent viscosity indices of PAOs can reduce the requirement for shear prone high molecular weight viscosity modifiers.

  • LOW FRICTION

    PAO-based synthetic lubricants are superior to mineral-based oils in their ability to reduce friction due to a combination of many of the features described above. Several studies have documented significant reductions in energy consumption when PAO-based synthetic lubricants are used in a variety of transportation and industrial rotating equipment applications.

  • BIODEGRADABILITY

    Unlike mineral oils, low viscosity Polyalphaolefin (PAO) synthetic fluids (especially 2 and 4mm2/s fluids) are inherently biodegradable. PAO fluids are also considered to be non-toxic and non-irritating to mammals. In environmentally sensitive applications, such as drilling muds or hydraulic fluids for earth moving equipment, PAO fluids have advantages over conventional mineral oils and some natural esters because of their unique combination of physical, chemical, and environmental properties.

  • DURASYN LOW VISCOSITY (LOW VIS) POLYALPHAOLEFINS

    Durasyn polyalphaolefins (PAOs) are produced by oligomerizing alpha olefins (1-olefins) in the presence of an acidic catalyst to a mixture of olefin dimers, trimers, tetramers and higher oligomers (*approximate structures shown below). In the final step, these oligomers are hydrogenated to produce a fully saturated hydrocarbon mixture. These hydrogenated oligomers are additionally fractionated to produce our Durasyn low viscosity products with viscosities from 2 mm2/s at 100°C to 10 mm2/s at 100°C. For any additional technical information, please email us at durasyn@ineos.com

    *approximate structures of oligomers present in polyalphaolefin

    LOW VISCOSITY DURASYN POLYALPHAOLEFINS

    DURASYN LOW VISCOSITY POLYALPHAOLEFIN (LOW VIS PAO) GRADES AT A GLANCE

    Durasyn PAO162164164X166166X168170

    Color (ASTM D1500)

    <0.5  <0.5  <0.5  <0.5  <0.5  <0.5  <0.5 

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 100°C

    1.9  3.9  4.0  5.9  5.9  7.8  9.6 

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 40°C

    5.50  17.2  18.2  31.0  30.8  47.5  62.9 

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, -40°C

    310  2,626  2,700  8,100  7,795  19,660  37,620 

    Viscosity Index

    122  124  124  135  137  136  137 

    Pour Point, °C

    <-55  <-65  <-60  <-60  <-54  <-50  <-45 

    Flash Point, °C

    >145  >204  >204  >225  >225  >245  >250 

    Noack Volatility, Weight Loss 250°C

    99  <14  <14  <9  <9  <4  <3.5 

    Specific Gravity (60/60°F)

    0.801  0.818  0.820  0.827  0.830  0.832  0.836 

    Total Acid Number 

    <0.01  <0.01  <0.01  <0.01  <0.01  <0.01  <0.01 

    Bromine Number

    <1.0  <0.4  <0.4  <0.4  <0.4  <0.4  <1.0 

    For user reference: 1mm2/s = 1cSt

    Durasyn PAO125126127128145146147148
    Color (ASTM D1500) <0.5 <0.5 <0.5 <0.5 <0.5 <0.5 <0.5 <0.5

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 100°C

    5.1 6.0 7.0 7.8 5.2 5.9 7.1 7.8
    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 40°C 24.7 30.6 38.1 44.5 25.3 30.4 38.8 44.1
    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, -40°C 5,690 --- --- --- 4,967 7,018 11,649 15,259

    Viscosity Index

    143 144 144 145 143 146 145 146

    Pour Point, °C 

    <-40 <-37 <-35 <-33 <-45 <-45 <-43 <-39
    Flash Point, °C >215 >220 >225 >225 >225 >225 >225 >225

    Noack Volatility, Weight Loss 250°C

    5.5 4.5 3.0 2.3 4.9 4.9 3.2 2.9

    Specific Gravity (60/60°F)

    0.824 0.828 0.831 0.832 0.820 0.827 0.830 0.833

    Total Acid Number 

    <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01 <0.01
    Bromine Number

     

    <0.4 <0.4 <0.4 <0.4 <0.4 <0.4 <0.4 <0.4

    For user reference, 1 mm2/s = 1 cSt 

    Durasyn PAO156

    Color (ASTM D1500)

    <0.5

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 100°C

    6.1

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 40°C

    32.0

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, -40°C

    ---

    Viscosity Index

    145

    Pour Point, °C 

    <-36

    Flash Point, °C

    >220

    Noack Volatility, Weight Loss 250°C

    <7.0

    Specific Gravity (60/60°F)

    0.828

    Total Acid Number 

    <0.01

    Bromine Number

    <0.4

    For user reference, 1 mm2/s = 1 cSt 

    Note: The physical properties of INEOS polyalphaolefin materials are summarized in the table above. The values quoted were obtained from samples of production materials, and are provided for guidance only. These are not intended to be specification properties.

     

  • DURASYN HIGH VISCOSITY (HI VIS) POLYALPHAOLEFINS

    INEOS Oligomers has completed start-up of a new world scale high viscosity (hi vis) mPAO (metallocene polyalphaolefin) plant. This new unit has a nameplate capacity of twenty thousand metric tons per annum. The new plant will continue to utilize our proprietary catalyst technology that was first developed on the pilot scale and then optimized in our semi-works unit.

    INEOS remains committed to the use of high purity 1-decene as the feedstock for our high viscosity PAOs. In comparison to conventional high viscosity PAOs, our decene-based metallocene products have a number of superior attributes such as higher viscosity indices, lower pour points and lower Brookfield viscosities. For any additional technical information, please email us at durasyn@ineos.com.

    HIGH VISCOSITY DURASYN POLYALPHAOLEFIN

    Durasyn high viscosity polyalphaolefins are shear stable viscosity modifiers/enhancers designed for use in the formulation of high quality transportation and industrial lubricants. Key application areas include wind turbine oils, multi-grade gear oils, greases, compressor oils, marine and stationary engine oils and passenger car/ heavy duty motor oils.

    Durasyn hi vis mPAOs offer excellent thickening efficiency and superior low temperature performance when compared to conventional high viscosity polyalphaolefin or polybutene thickened oils. In addition, Durasyn hi vis PAOs have low volatility and excellent shear stability, so lubricants can be formulated that will remain in-grade during severe service.

    Durasyn high viscosity metallocene polyalphaolefins are available to commercial lubricant formulators and blenders in three grades: Durasyn 174I, Durasyn 180R and Durasyn 180I.

    • Durasyn 180I is a “PAO135” with excellent thickening efficiency at 40°C.
    • Durasyn 180R is a “PAO100” that matches the 100°C viscosity specification range of conventional high viscosity PAOs.
    • Durasyn 174I is a “PAO50” which has more thickening efficiency than conventional “PAO40”.

    DURASYN HIGH VISCOSITY POLYALPHAOLEFIN (HI VIS PAO) GRADES AT A GLANCE

    Durasyn PAO174I180R180I

    Color (ASTM D1500)

    <0.5

    <0.5

    <0.5

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 100°C

    50 102 134

    Kinematic Viscosity, mm2/s, 40°C

    412 938 1,254

    Viscosity Index

    186 204 216

    Pour Point, °C

    <-35 <-20 <-20

    Flash Point, °C

    >265 >265 >265

    Specific Gravity (60/60°F)

    0.846 0.856 0.856

    Total Acid Number

    <0.01 <0.01 <0.01

    Bromine Number

    <0.4 <0.4 <0.4

    For user reference, 1mm2/s = 1cSt

    Note: The physical properties of INEOS polyalphaolefin materials are summarized in the table above. The values quoted were obtained from samples of production materials and are provided for guidance only. These are not intended to be specification properties.

  • PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP

    INEOS Oligomers product stewardship encompasses a broad spectrum of services to customers, stakeholders and others who handle our products. A range of specialists are available to provide expert advice on product SHE issues. Our Product Regulatory Compliance staff is available for discussions on issues related to compliance with industrial chemical control regulations and regulations pertaining to food contact, cosmetic and agricultural uses. With our extensive experience in these areas, we realize that the regulatory compliance requirements are important and we can advise customers on specific issues relating to the use of our products.

    Beneath is our product stewardship information for Polyalphaolefins. For all our other product stewardship information see our SHE page.

    Durasyn Polyalphaolefins are produced entirely by a petrochemical process, with all feedstocks coming from oil refinery streams. No vegetable material, animal fats, oils, milk products or other animal products are used as components of, or in the manufacture of these products. The physical and chemical properties of PAOs are ideal to meet the demanding requirements of formulations for high quality synthetic lubricants. Durasyn Polyalphaolefins are additive and solvent free. Durasyn Polyalphaolefins have been certified by the National Sanitary Foundation with listing in the White Book™ as H1 incidental food contact and HX-1 Ingredients for use in H1 Lubricants. Durasyn polyalphaolefins manufactured in the United States are Kosher Certified. A detailed listing of Global Regulations has been compiled in the Durasyn Polyalphaolefins Regulatory Bulletin. INEOS Oligomers also offers data regarding the Environmental fate of its Durasyn Polyalphaolefins, this data is available to our customers in the Durasyn Environmental Data Bulletin.

  • CONTACT US

    For additional information on Durasyn Polyalphaolefins or to request samples, email us at durasyn@ineos.com

    Technical information contained herein is furnished without charge or obligation, and is given and accepted at recipient's sole risk. Because conditions of use may vary and are beyond our control, INEOS makes no representation about, and is not responsible or liable for the accuracy or reliability of data, nor for toxicological effects or Industrial Hygiene requirements associated with particular uses of any product described herein. Nothing contained in this document shall be considered a recommendation for any use that may infringe patent rights, or an endorsement of any particular material, equipment, service, or other item not supplied by INEOS. The “Properties” and “Applications” listed in this document are not specifications. They are provided as information only and in no way modify, amend, enlarge, or create any specification or warranty, and ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE EXCLUDED. (03 / 2018)

    The name INEOS is a trademark of INEOS Capital Limited.

SILKFLO POLYDECENES

  • SILKFLO POLYDECENES

    INEOS Oligomers Polyalpha Olefins (PAO) ProductsINEOS Oligomers offers the Silkflo® product range of polydecenes specifically produced and sold for use in personal care and cosmetic products. Silkflo products are registered with the Personal Care Products Council. For any additional technical information, please email us at durasyn@ineos.com.

    Silkflo cosmetic fluids are clear, bright, high purity hydrocarbon liquids with a unique, non-oily feel that sets them apart from mineral oils and similar products. A variety of formulations have been developed using Silkflo polydecenes as an alternative to mineral oil, squalane and cyclomethicone. The resulting creams, lotions, bars and gels show no sign of breakdown or separation in storage after a full month at 45°C.

     

    Silkflo Polydecenes are the natural choice for:

    • Moisturizing lotions
    • Non-oily emollient bars
    • Conditioning face creams
    • Oil-in-water moisturizing and cleansing creams
    • Water-in-oil cleansing creams
    • Night-time, water-resistant and baby lotions
    • Cationic lotions

     

    The advantages of using Silkflo Polydecene in cosmetic formulations are based on its properties:

    • Non-oily
    • Non-irritating
    • Non-comedogenic
    • Non-greasy
    • Low volatility
    • Clear, water-white
    • Non-toxic
    • Odorless

     

    Silkflo fluids provide versatility for a wide array of personal-care products; the properties that consumers want are available throughout the range of viscosities. Creams and lotions formulated with Silkflo polydecene leave the skin feeling clean, silky-soft and refreshed, more beautiful and smoothly toned.

  • PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP

    INEOS Oligomers product stewardship encompasses a broad spectrum of services to customers, stakeholders and others who handle our products. A range of specialists are available to provide expert advice on product SHE issues. Our Product Regulatory Compliance staff is available for discussions on issues related to compliance with industrial chemical control regulations and regulations pertaining to food contact, cosmetic and agricultural uses. With our extensive experience in these areas, we realize that the regulatory compliance requirements are important and we can advise customers on specific issues relating to the use of our products.

    Beneath is our product stewardship information for Silkflo. For all our other product stewardship information see our SHE page.

    INEOS Oligomers offers the Silkflo product range of polydecenes specifically produced and sold for use in personal care and cosmetic products. Silkflo cosmetic fluids are clear, bright, high purity hydrocarbon liquids with a unique, non-oily feel that sets them apart from mineral oils and similar products. Information regarding compliance with current regulations has been included in the current Regulatory Bulletin. INEOS Oligomers also offers data regarding the Environmental fate of its Silkflo polydecenes, this data is available to our customers in the Silkflo Environmental Data Bulletin.

  • Contact us

    For additional information on Silkflo polydecenes or to request samples, email us at durasyn@ineos.com

    Technical information contained herein is furnished without charge or obligation, and is given and accepted at recipient's sole risk. Because conditions of use may vary and are beyond our control, INEOS makes no representation about, and is not responsible or liable for the accuracy or reliability of data, nor for toxicological effects or Industrial Hygiene requirements associated with particular uses of any product described herein. Nothing contained in this document shall be considered a recommendation for any use that may infringe patent rights, or an endorsement of any particular material, equipment, service, or other item not supplied by INEOS. The “Properties” and “Applications” listed in this document are not specifications. They are provided as information only and in no way modify, amend, enlarge, or create any specification or warranty, and ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE EXCLUDED. (03 / 2018)

    The name INEOS is a trademark of INEOS Capital Limited.

INDOPOL POLYBUTENE

  • Overview

    Below you will find information on Indopol® products. Documentation for all products is accessible via our "VIEW OUR PRODUCT RANGE" link. For any additional technical information, please email us at indopol@ineos.com.

    The INEOS polybutene business is a leading global merchant supplier of polybutenes and offers polybutene products under the Indopol and Panalane brands.

    INEOS manufactures polybutene in Lavéra, France where it benefits from an integrated feedstock position.

  • Indopol Polybutenes

    Indopol polybutenes are synthetic hydrocarbon polymers made by polymerization of C4 olefins (primarily isobutene) and are available in a wide range of viscosities. By controlling the polymerization conditions, polymer chains of different lengths are manufactured giving a wide range of polybutene grades having different physical properties. Short chain-length polybutenes are free-flowing; medium chain-length polybutenes are sticky with a honey-like consistency, while those with the longest chain length are very tacky, semi-solid materials.

    Indopol polybutenes have many useful properties, including:

    • Permanently non-drying
    • Colourless (water white) and non-staining
    • Soluble in a wide range of organic solvents
    • Compatible with a wide range of organic materials
    • Completely hydrophobic
    • Tacky
    • Emulsifiable
    • Excellent electrical insulators
    • Good lubricants
    • Non-corrosive
    • Practically non-toxic and non-phytotoxic
    • Stable to light and air (i.e. oxidatively stable) under ambient conditions
    • Reactive by virtue of their olefinic end-group
    • Very low moisture transmission rates
    • Low to negligible evaporation loss at ambient temperature
    • High Viscosity Indices
    • Low Pour Points
    • Complete depolymerisation at elevated temperature leaving no residues
  • Markets / Applications

    Indopol polybutenes are uniquely versatile polymers. Their combination of properties makes them ideal for a wide range of applications, such as, lubricantsadhesives, rubber modificationsealants/caulks/putties, tackified PE stretch cling film, polymer modification, paints and coatings, personal care and cosmetics, agriculture and polybutene emulsions.

  • Adhesives

    Indopol® polybutenes are key components in many pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSA), hot-melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) and hot-melt adhesives (HMA). Polybutenes can plasticize, tackify, and extend many base elastomers, enhancing many adhesive properties and offering performance improvements over mineral/process oils.  Learn more >

  • Rubber

    Indopol® polybutenes are used as extenders and plasticizers for a variety of vulcanized and other elastomers while offering performance improvements over mineral/process oils.  Polybutenes are compatible with many types of rubber, including: butyl and natural rubber, styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SIS, SBS), EPDM, styrene-butadiene rubber, polyisoprene, polybutadiene, bromo- and chloro-butyl rubber, and polyisobutylene. Learn more >

  • lubricants

    Indopol® polybutenes are clear, pure, synthetic hydrocarbon polymers that contain no additives or aromatic compounds. Polybutenes are widely used in many automotive and industrial oil applications, replacing bright stocks and mineral oils. The performance improvements achieved with Indopol polybutenes can be attributed to their unique physical properties and wide viscosity ranges. Learn more >

  • Sealants / Caulks / Putties

    Indopol® polybutene plasticizes, extends and adds tack to a variety of elastomer-based caulks and sealants, resulting in softer, more easily extruded products.  Polybutenes can contribute desirable properties and performance benefits when used as partial replacements for drying oils and/or solvents in sealant and putty formulations. Learn more >

  • TACKIFIED POLYETHYLENE (PE) STRETCH / CLING FILM

    Indopol polybutenes are ideally suited as tackifiers and cling agents for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) blown and cast films. Polybutenes can be employed in the production of LLDPE/polybutene masterbatches or more typically added directly to the LLDPE during the film extrusion process. The major areas of application for tackified LLDPE film are bale silage wrap, pallet stretch wrap, and hand/domestic food clig wrap. Films tackified with Indopol polybutene exhibit good clarity, durability and cling properties. Learn More >

  • Polymer Modification

    Indopol polybutenes can plasticize and modify many physical properties of thermoplastic polymers. Examples include: polypropylene, high impact polystyrene, polyethylene, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, and thermoplastic polyolefins and elastomers. Thermoplastics modified with Indopol polybutenes provide improved performance in many diverse applications like consumer products, automotive, appliance and business machines. Indopol polybutenes also meet the composition requirements of Title 21 of the code of Federal Regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other applicable regulations which allows for use in food packaging products. Learn More >

  • paints and coatings

    Indopol polybutenes are used as components in many special purpose paints and coatings. They can contribute performance advantages to coatings for porous substrates such as wood, concrete and stucco, as well as masonry paints/coatings. The addition of polybutene can also benefit thermoplastic road marking paints, anticorrosion and emulsion paints, conventional gloss paints and undercoats and ceramic, aluminum or high temperature paints. Polybutenes can also be emulsified for use in water-based systems, replacing systems with volatile solvents. Learn More >

  • Personal Care and Cosmetics

    Indopol polybutenes are used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products. they are pure, clear, non-comedogenic, non-irritating, hydrophobic, non-drying, synthetic liquid polymers that can be easily emulsified. By virtue of their unique properties, polybutenes can replace mineral oils, providing an upgrade in product quality and performance. The Personal Care Products Council INCI name for INEOS Indopol polybutenes is 'Polybutene'. Learn More >

  • Product Stewardship

    INEOS Oligomers product stewardship encompasses a broad spectrum of services to customers, stakeholders and others who handle our products. A range of specialists are available to provide expert advice on product SHE issues. Our Product Regulatory Compliance staff is available for discussions on issues related to compliance with industrial chemical control regulations and regulations pertaining to food contact, cosmetic and agricultural uses. With our extensive experience in these areas, we realize that the regulatory compliance requirements are important and we can advise customers on specific issues relating to the use of our products.

    Beneath is our product stewardship information for Polybutenes. For all our other product stewardship information see our SHE page.

     

    Indopol polybutenes are produced entirely by a petrochemical process, with all feedstocks coming from oil refinery streams. No vegetable material, animal fats, oils, milk products or other animal products are used as components of, or in the manufacture of these products and are additive and solvent free. Indopol polybutenes have been certified by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF), with listing in the White Book™ as H1 incident food contact and HX-1 Ingredients for use in H1 Lubricants. Indopol polybutenes manufactured in Lavera, France are Kosher Certified. A detailed listing of Global product Regulations has been compiled in the Indopol polybutene Regulatory Bulletin. To request a copy, e-mail us at indopol@ineos.com.

    Indopol polybutene products meet a wide range of global regulations. A complete list can be found in the Indopol polybutene Regulatory Bulletin. To request a copy, e-mail us at indopol@ineos.com.

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Panalane Hydrogenated PIB

  • OVERVIEW

    INEOS PIB Panalane Hydrogenated Polybutenes ProductsBelow you will find information on Panalane® products. Documentation for all products is accessible via our "VIEW OUR PRODUCT RANGE" link. For any additional technical information, please email us at indopol@ineos.com

    Panalane® hydrogenated polybutene is the polymer of choice when very high chemical and oxidative stability and very low odour are essential.

    Panalane polybutene is made via hydrogenation of Indopol®polybutene, which removes most of the double bonds (as evidenced by the very low bromine number). Otherwise the physical properties of Panalane polybutenes are similar to Indopol polybutenes, and they can be easily emulsified.

    Panalane polybutenes are used to formulate many personal care products, where their very high purity makes them candidates to replace squalane, fatty esters, and other emollients and expensive oils. Panalane polybutenes are bright, clear, viscous liquids with outstanding feel, waterproofing properties and moisturising ability. This makes them ideal for use in cosmetics, sunscreens, lip preparations, eye shadow, stick and roll-on deodorants, creams and lotions. Panalane polybutenes’ economical price allows them to be used to upgrade the quality of personal care products currently formulated with mineral oils.

    The key properties that make Panalane polybutene a versatile cosmetic base oil include:

    • Clear, water-white
    • Odourless
    • Easily emulsified
    • Non-flammable
    • Non-comedogenic
    • Non-irritating to eyes and skin
    • Non-drying oil
    • Waterproofing
    • Moisturising
    • Enhances SPF retention after water exposure

    Panalane is stable:

    • Across the pH range
    • At temperatures up to 500°F / 260°C
    • To oxidation
    • To chemical attack
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    Panalane polybutene products meet a wide range of global regulations. A complete list can be found in the Panalane polybutene Regulatory Bulletin. To request a copy, e-mail us at indopol@ineos.com

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Specialty Oligomers

  • Overview

    Below you will find information on Specialty Oligomers products. Documentation for all products is accessible via our "VIEW OUR PRODUCT RANGE" link. For any additional technical information, please email us at oligomersinfo@ineos.com.

    INEOS Oligomers' high performance chemicals range of Isoolefins, Isoparaffins and Specialties includes:

    • Aromatic-free hydrocarbons, ideal for a range of applications
    • Isoolefins obtained from isobutylene oligomerisation, used as chemical intermediates
    • Isoparaffins used as speciality solvents, lubricants or emollients
    • Cyclopentane, a non-ozone depleting CFC replacement for foam blowing
    • Isoamylene, a specialised chemical intermediate

    Our Isoolefins and Isoparaffins synthesise and supply a variety of high purity aromatics free, low sulphur hydrocarbon products into a broad range of applications. Unique synthesis and processing technologies yield a series of high chemical purity isoalkanes and branched olefins, which have a predictable and consistent range of properties. This consistency provides improved solutions to the specific and unique requirements of each of our customers, and permits improved product performance in the final applications. Our products are registered and sold directly under their chemical names.

    INEOS Oligomers’ distinctive advantage lies in our first-intent production of specialty oligomers. The feedstocks for this process are free from the often high aromatics contents normally associated with cruder aliphatic and blended hydrocarbon mixtures, allowing the products to be used in the most sensitive of applications. They are ideal for applications where partial vapourisations or intimate skin contact are possible or desired.

    Our products will be of value to you if you have interests in:

    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Cosmetics
    • Skin care
    • Hand cleaners
    • Aerosols
    • Peroxide catalyst handling
    • Degreasing
    • Rubber processing
    • Paints and coatings
    • Metal rolling
    • Electric discharge machining (EDM)
    • Tackifiers
    • Plasticisers
    • Agrochemicals
    • Graphics and printing
    • High octane test fuels
    • Soot-free fuels
    • Surfactants

    All Specialty Oligomers products have full kosher accreditation and fulfil the Halal requirements.

  • Isoolefins

    Isoolefins are a family of monoolefins, obtained by oligomerisation of isobutylene. They include a dimer (DIB) and a trimer (TIB).

    Isoolefins are used either as comonomers or in the synthesis of a wide range of chemical products including:

    • Alcohols
    • Thiols
    • Esters
    • Alkylated aromatics
    • As plasticisers
    • Stabilisers
    • Additives for fuels
    • Additives for pesticides

    Isoolefin intermediates:

    • Diisobutylene
    • Triisobutylene 

    Diisobutylene

    INEOS Oligomers Speciality Oligomers ProductsDiisobutylene is a highly branched C8 olefin obtained by the dimerisation of a pre-treated isobutylene feedstock. INEOS Oligomers’ Diisobutylene HP product contains over 95% of 2,4,4-trimethylpentenes (TMP), split approximately 75/20 between the TMP1 and TMP2 isomers. Diisobutylene 99 product contains over 99% of 2,4,4-trimethylpentenes (TMP).

    Diisobutylene is an intermediate for a wide range of chemical products used in rubbers, polymers and lubricants, when high compatibility and chemical stability are demanded.

    Applications for Diisobutylene include:

    • Octylphenol resins used as tackifiers in radial tyres
    • Octylated diphenylamine stabilizers for lubricants and rubbers
    • Isononyl derivatives used to produce polymerisation initiators and compressor fluids
    • Sulphur additives for anti-wear lubricants and HALS stabilisers for outdoor polyolefin applications

    Diisobutylene is also used as a co-monomer in the production of elastomers and hydrocarbon resins, or as chain stopper for polycarbonate resins.

    Triisobutylene

    Triisobutylene is a mixture of highly branched C12 olefins resulting from the trimerisation of isobutene. Triisobutylene is used as a chemical intermediate in the production of tert-Dodecylmercaptan; a chain transfer agent used in the polymerisation of styrenics, and tridecyl alcohol/acid (plasticisers and solvent components). Triisobutylene can also be functionalized for the production of lube additives.

  • Isoparaffins

    INEOS Oligomers’ range of isoalkane consists of Isooctane (C8), Isododecane (C12), Isohexadecane (C16) and Isoeicosane (C20). Each product is produced by a patented process from a pre-purified isobutene containing feedstock, and is totally synthetic.

    INEOS Isoparaffins are characterised by the highest methyl branching level found in isoparaffins. Each product contains a slim number of isomers, resulting in extremely narrow boiling ranges. INEOS Isoparaffins distinguish themselves by their superior purity, absence of colour and odour and very low toxicity or skin irritation. They also demonstrate excellent chemical inertness and stability. These are essential properties for use in cosmetics, sprays and personal care products, solvents for drug synthesis, unstable chemicals or extreme process conditions. When being used as heat transfer fluids, isoparaffins show excellent long term stability. Isoparaffins are also used as a reference fuel or to produce clean fuels with no odour or smoke.

    Isoparaffin intermediates include:   

    • Isooctane 100
    • Isododecane
    • Isohexadecane
    • Isoeicosane

    Isooctane 100

    INEOS Isoparaffins Isooctane 100 racing tyreIsooctane 100 typically contains 99.5% of C8 branched isoparaffins; particularly, 95% of 2,2,4-trimethylpentane – known as the most stable C8 paraffin. Isooctane 100 is free of aromatics, nitrogen or sulphur containing molecules and polar compounds.

    Isooctane 100 has a range of properties including low toxicity, inertness, absence of colour, high colour stability, low odour, rapid evaporation /drying and a wide reaction temperature range (-100 to +100°C).

    Isooctane 100 acts as an inert reaction medium for organic synthesis, as a solvent for the extraction of branched paraffins and for the crystallisation of fine chemicals. Isooctane 100 is also used as solvent for pyrophoric reagents like N-Butyllithium or Methylaluminoxane.

    Because of its high purity, Isooctane 100 is used in reference fuel formulations, for the development of new gasoline blends.  The fuel ‘octane’ number, familiar from the service station, is based on the 2,2,4-trimethylpentane standard. Other applications include racing car fuels and clean fuel formulations for handheld power equipment like chainsaws, trimmers, blowers and lawn mowers.

    Isododecane

    INEOS Isododecane Isohexadecane Isoeicosane lipsticksIsododecane consists of 99.5% of permethylated C12 isoparaffins, the main isomer being 2,2,4,6,6-pentamethylheptane (typically 85%). Due to its synthetic origins, Isododecane is free of aromatics, sulphur containing molecules and polar compounds. It has low odour and very low toxicity. The high methyl-branching level of Isododecane renders it particularly resistant to chemical attack or thermal degradation. Additionally, Isododecane has a very wide operating range both in terms of pressure and temperature.

    Each of these properties makes Isododecane suitable for all applications in which stringent demands are made regarding purity and chemical stability. Isododecane is used as desensitizer for peroxides or as solvent in polymerisation processes when food contact is of concern.

    Isododecane is used as:

    • Cosmetic emollient
    • Pigment dispersion agent
    • Sprayable insecticide solvent
    • Porogen
    • Reaction process solvent
    • Heat transfer fluid
    • Clean fuel component

    Isohexadecane

    Isohexadecane typically contains 99.9% of highly branched C16 isoparaffins, mainly the 2,2,4,6,6,8,8-heptamethylnonane isomer (ca. 54%).

    The main use of Isohexadecane is in high quality cosmetic and personal care products, where very low toxicity and skin irritation, and the absence of colour and odour are essential properties.

    Isohexadecane forms particularly robust emulsions (creams), which is an important feature for the product formulator. To the consumer, the non-greasy silky feel that Isohexadecane products leave on the skin is particularly appreciated.

    Products formulated with Isohexadecane include: 

    • Foundation creams
    • Sun care creams
    • Skincare creams
    • Lip balms
    • Deodorants
    • Antiperspirant sticks
    • Makeup removers
    • Hair conditioners

    Like Isododecane, Isohexadecane can also be used as heat transfer fluid when higher temperatures and lower pressures are required.

    Isoeicosane

    Isoeicosane typically contains 99% of highly branched C20 isoparaffins. The main use of Isoeicosane is in high quality cosmetic and personal care products where very low toxicity and skin irritation and a lack of colour and odour are essential properties.

    Typical products include lipsticks, make-ups and mascaras. In hair rinses, conditioners and mousses, Isoeicosane is added to give a lustrous finish.

    On account of its high chemical stability and purity, Isoeicosane has been used as a heat transfer medium for heating and cooling circuits in chemical processes, particularly in conjunction with Isohexadecane. Other applications for Isoeicosane include hydraulic fluids and as an extender in silicone-based dental impression materials.

  • Isoamylene

    INEOS Speciality Oligomers Isoaylene Plant Products Isoamylene is produced by a unique process at INEOS’ facility in Cologne. Isoamylene contains two methylbutene isomers in a ~85/15 molar ratio: 2-Methyl 2-Butene and 2-Methyl 1-Butene.

    Careful control of the production process and the raw materials ensures a high purity, and clear and colourless product.

    Isoamylene is used in the synthesis of many chemicals and chemical intermediates, with numerous applications including:

    • Flavours & fragrances
    • Pesticides
    • Growth regulators
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Healthcare products
    • Catalysts
    • Peroxides
    • Phenolic resins
    • Hot melt adhesives
    • Anti-oxidants
    • UV stabilizers
  • Methoxypentane

    Methoxypentane is new, hydrophobic ether of high purity produced by INEOS Oligomers in its Cologne facility. Consisting of 2-Methoxy-2-Methylbutane, Methoxypentane has no labile alphahydrogen atom, resulting in a low reactivity and, in particular, a resistance to peroxide build-up.

    Unlike most ethers, Methoxypentane does not require a stabilizer. It is characterised by a high boiling point (86°C) and a low freezing point (-80°C), allowing a wide range of reaction temperatures.

    Immiscible with water and soluble with most organic compounds like ethers, alcohols and organic compounds including unsaturated hydrocarbons, Methoxypentane allows clean phase separation from aqueous systems. Methoxypentane can be used as a safe reaction medium (e.g. coupling reactions like Grignard, Suzuki and Metal hydride reductions) and as an extraction solvent to replace methylene chloride, aromatics and other ethers. The very low level of impurities makes Methoxypentane an attractive solvent for the production of fragrances or pharmaceutical compounds.

  • Methylpropadiene

    INEOS Oligomers Speciality Methylpropadiene ProductsMethylpropadiene is a non-conjugated diene, also known as 1,2-butadiene or methylallene. Its principal application is as a transfer agent in the production of elastomers used in impact resistant styrenics like HIPS or ABS.

    Methylpropadiene is a safe replacement for potentially explosive acetylenes. For example, Methylpropadiene is the starting material to produce intermediates like Butynyl Lithium, used in the synthesis of barbiturates or fragrances.

  • Cyclopentane

    Cyclopentane is principally used as a blowing agent in foam manufacture, forming an excellent substitute for CFCs. It is recognised by environmental groups as having zero ozone depletion potential, making it a better alternative to HCFC 141-b. High stability of Cyclopentane blown foams also yields performance benefits over CFC 11 foams, even where these are still permitted to be used. Cyclopentane and Cyclopentane 70 are particularly suitable for insulating foams used, for example, in home refrigeration appliances, and also in insulation panels, boards and pipes for the construction industry. Cyclopentane 70 is a mixture of 70% cyclopentane and 30% isopentane, and differs from the pure cyclopentane grade mainly in its vapour pressure.

    Cyclopentane is the lightest non-polar cycloalkane solvent used by the chemical industry. Its cyclical structure provides a higher solubility coefficient than branched or linear hydrocarbons, while its low molecular weight results in one of the lowest vaporisation heats among non-aromatic hydrocarbon solvents. Cyclopentane is used as aerosol propellant and reaction medium for the manufacture of synthetic resins and rubber adhesives.

    Cyclopentane can also be used as an extraction solvent, or as solvent for alkyllithium compounds.

  • PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP

    Specialty Oligomers 

    INEOS Oligomers produce a range of Specialty products including isoparaffins and isoolefins. Specialty Oligomers have diverse uses, including for example solvents or dispersants where high purity, lack of color and ador, very low toxicity and skin irritation and chemical inertness are essential properties. Other uses are in the synthesis of a wide range of chemical products including alcohols, thiols, esters, alkylated aromatics. They are also used as plasticizers, stabilizers, addictive for fuels, and addictives for pesticides. 

    INEOS Specialty Oligomers are produced entirely by a petrochemical process, with all feedstocks coming from oil refinery streams. No vegetable material, animal fats, oils, milk products or other animal products are used as components of, or in the manufacture of these products. INEOS Specialty Oligomers are Kosher Certified, see our Kosher Certificate. Specialty Oligomers products meet a wide range of global regulations, further information on can be found at Specialty Oligomers

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    For additional information on Specialty Oligomers or to request samples, email us at oligomersinfo@ineos.com