Products

Here you can find information about each of the products we create.

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Ethylene Oxide and EO Glycols

INEOS Oxide is the European leader in the production of both Ethylene Oxide and Ethylene Glycol. Our EO capacity is spread across three different European production sites in Antwerp, Cologne and Lavera. Ethylene oxide (EO) is an important building block for a wide variety of derivative products, which are used in the production of detergents, thickeners, solvents, plastics. EO is consumed internally by INEOS Oxide in the production of intermediates such as glycols, ethanolamines, glycol ethers and ethoxylates.

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) is a basic building block used for applications that require chemical intermediates for resins, solvent couplers, freezing point depression solvents and humectants and chemical intermediates, such as automotive antifreeze and coolants, resins, water-based adhesives, latex paints and asphalt emulsions, electrolytic capacitors, textile fibres, paper and leather.

Diethylene glycol (DEG) is used in applications that require hygroscopicity and low volatility. These applications include products such as thermoplastic polyurethanes, emulsifiers, plasticizers, glass- and cement-grinding aids, furniture and shoe polishes and printing ink.

Triethylene glycol (TEG) is often used as a desiccant in gas extraction and treatment or as a cement grinding aid. It is also an important raw material in the manufacturing of polyester resins and plasticizers in particular for the production of membranes for laminated glass. Other applications include coolants, heat transfer fluids and antifreeze.

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Propylene Oxide and Glycols

Propylene Oxide (PO) is an important building block for the preparation of a wide variety of PO derivatives. A major part of the propylene oxide produced by INEOS Oxide is consumed internally to produce propylene glycols. INEOS Oxide produces propylene oxide and propylene glycols in Cologne, Germany with a high degree of integration into a larger petrochemical site. PO is primarily used as a chemical intermediate for the production of derivatives such as propylene glycols, acrylates, UV curing resins, isopropanolamines and in the production of polyether polyols and other alkoxylates. INEOS Oxide’s propylene glycol unit in Cologne produces mono-, di- and tri-propylene glycols as well as smaller quantities of higher glycols. PO glycols can be found in a wide range of applications ranging from de-icing formulations to paints, inks and pharmaceuticals. 

Monopropylene glycol (MPG) industrial grade is a high-purity material, having a wide range of practical applications. PGI is a colorless, water soluble, medium viscosity, hygroscopic liquid with a low vapour pressure and low toxicity. It is widely employed as a solvent, heat transfer medium or chemical intermediate in numerous industries. Monopropylene Glycol EP/USP, referring to the European and USA Pharmacopoeias, is a high-purity grade of monopropylene glycol for use in pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, personal care, flavour and fragrance, plus a variety of other applications. PG USP/EP is Kosher certified and complies with Halal requirements. 

Dipropylene glycol (DPG), regular Grade, is a co-product from the manufacture of monopropylene glycol, involving the high temperature and high pressure hydrolysis of propylene oxide (PO) with excess water. It is used as a building block and solvent in a variety of products, in particular in the production of plasticizers, acrylates, UPR resins, DCPD resins and polyurethanes. DPG is also used a solvent in brake fluids, insecticides, lubricants, agricultural and coatings formulations. 

Dipropylene glycol F (DPG F) is a high-purity product, designed for use in odour-sensitive applications, such as fragrances and cosmetics. The material, a high purity distilled product, is a liquid that is colourless, water-soluble, hygroscopic and nearly odourless. This grade of DPG was developed to meet the needs of manufacturers who require consistent high quality for their fragrances and personal care products. 

Tripropylene glycol (TPG) is a versatile chemical intermediate and solvent used in a wide variety of industrial applications. TPG characteristics include broad solvency power, water solubility, low volatility and high boiling point. It can be used as building block for polyurethanes and acrylate resins for UV curing applications.

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Ethanolamines

INEOS Oxide is a world leader in the manufacture of ethanolamines. Our global manufacturing facilities are located in Plaquemine (USA) on the Louisiana Gulf Coast and in Lavera (France) on the Mediterranean coast. The ethanolamine product range includes mono-, di- and triethanolamine. A mixture of higher ethanolamines and low freezing grades is also on offer along with ethanolamines derivatives such as diethanol isopropanolamine (DEIPA). Ethanolamines are one of the most versatile members of the EO derivatives family. They are bifunctional molecules containing both amine and alcohol functional groups and are therefore capable of undergoing reactions at both groups. Many of their various industrial applications rely on these features.

Monoethanolamine (MEA) offers a broad spectrum of application opportunities, namely in surfactants, personal care products, textile finishing and wood treating. Other applications include use in oil well chemicals and in metalworking to prevent corrosion, and as catalysts that promote stability during the reaction process in the manufacture of flexible and rigid urethane foams.

Because MEA combines the properties of amines and alcohols, MEA exhibits the unique capability of undergoing reactions common to both groups. INEOs commercializes MEA as a pure grade and in Low Freezing Grades (LFG).

Diethanolamine (DEA) is commonly used as building block in the preparation of salts and amides to be used in soaps, surfactants for liquid laundry and dishwashing detergents, cosmetics, shampoos, and hair conditioners. DEA is also extensively used  in industrial gas purification, anticorrosion agent  in metalworking fluids and in manufacturing of herbicides (Glyphosate) and cement additives.

Triethanolamine (TEA) can be used in a variety of applications, namely in detergents, personal care products and textile finishing. Other applications include concrete additives and adhesive, rubber, agricultural and photographic chemicals.

Diethanol isopropanolamine (DEIPA) is used primarily as cement grinding aid. DEIPA is an alkanolamine used in solid admixtures and concrete. It enhances the quality of cement at all hydration ages and concrete mixed with slag and fly fiery remains will in general demonstrate a more prominent reaction to chemicals.

Quantum specialty ETHANOLAMINES

Quantum® Specialty Ethanolamine Pure and Quantum® Specialty Ethanolamine National Formulary are high-purity grades for pharmaceutical excipients and cosmetics and personal care products, where stringent quality parameters and registrations are required.

Product Name Description Supplied Form
Monoethanolamine Electronic Grade Metals in the ppb level <25, <10ppb Tank Container, Drum
Monoethanolamine NF Meets USP-NF and EP excipient requirements Tank Container, Drum
Monoethanolamine Pure <5 ppm DEA Tank Container, Drum
Monoethanolamine Ultra <100 ppm DEA Tank Container, Drum

Triethanolamine Electronic Grade

Metals in the ppb level <25, <10ppb Tank Container, Drum
Triethanolamine Pure <300 ppm DEA Tank Container, Drum
Triethanolamine Ultra <1000 ppm DEA Tank Container, Drum
Trolamine 85 NF Meets USP-NF and EP excipient requirements Tank Container, Drum
Trolamine 99 NF Meets USP-NF and EP excipient requirements Tank Container, Drum
Trolamine 99 NF Pure Meets USP-NF and EP excipient Requirements; DEA content <300ppm Tank Container, Drum

Table 1. Quantum Specialty Ethanolamines portfolio

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E-/P-Series Glycol Ethers

INEOS Oxide produces a wide range of E- and P- Series glycol ethers. Our glycol ethers include methyl, ethyl, isopropyl and butyl product groups. For some of these glycol ethers we also produce the corresponding acetate esters. The production of these low molecular weight EO and PO derivatives is performed on INEOS Oxide’s glycol ether units in Antwerp and Lavera.

E-Series Glycol ethers exhibit high water solubility/compatibility. They can be used in water-based applications acting as booster solvents or as coalescent in paint, coatings, inks and cleaning formulations. These products can in addition be used in fuel jet additive, brake fluids, vitamin production processes and others.

Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (BGE) is a fast-evaporating product with an excellent balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic character, excellent active solvency and coupling properties. It provides excellent performance in coatings, cleaners, and many other types of products. 

Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (BDGE) is a slow-evaporating, hydrophilic glycol ether with excellent coalescing and coupling power. It is mainly used in coatings, industrial and household cleaning products and textile dyeing.

P-series glycol ethers combine good solvency, low surface tension and low toxicity. They are high-performance industrial solvents commonly used in paint, coating, inks, cleaners. In addition, they can be used in agricultural, cosmetic, textile and adhesives products.

Ethoxy propanol (EP) is a high flash point, water miscible, colourless solvent providing slow evaporation rates and good viscosity control for a broad range of polymers, resins and coatings. It is completely water miscible over a wide range of temperatures making it a very good coupling solvent for resin/water systems. It is commonly used in resins, inks and adhesives.

Propylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether (PnB) is a product with high solvency, oil solubility, surfactant, and coupling properties and due to good evaporation rate control, high formulating flexibility, low viscosity, as well as low toxicity, may be used as a coupling agent and solvent in domestic and commercial cleaning solutions such as degreasers, paint removers, metal cleaners, and hard surface cleaners. These characteristics also allow PnB to be used as a coupling agent in water-based agricultural formulations, facilitating the homogenous blending of ingredients with diverse solubility characteristics. PnB is also used as a coalescent for lowering minimum film formulation temperature (MFFT) in water-borne latex coatings and as a chemical intermediate for the production of epoxides, acid ester derivatives, solvents, and plasticizers.

Dipropylene Glycol n-Butyl Ether (DPnB) has many performance characteristics that are similar to PnB but with lower volatility and higher viscosity. Uses for DPnB include: coupling   agent for cleaners such as degreasers, paint removers, metal cleaners, and hard surface cleaners; coalescent for lowering MFFT in latex coatings; solvent for water-reducible coatings; chemical intermediate for production of epoxides, acid ester derivatives, solvents, and plasticizers.

Product Name CAS Number Mol. weight (g/mol) Supplied form
Butyl Glycol Ether (BGE) 111-76-2 118

Bulk-vessel, Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Butyl Diglycol Ether (BDGE) 112-34-5 162 Bulk-vessel, Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Butyl Triglycol Ether (BTGE) 143-22-6 206 Bulk-vessel, Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Butyl Triglycol Ether Mixture (Solvent 14) (BTGE Mix)

161907-77-3 - Rail, Tank Container, IBC, Drum
DCP 208 9004-77-7 - Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Methyl Glycol Ether (MGE) 109-86-4 76 Tank Container
Methyl Diglycol Ether (MDGE) 111-77-3 120 Rail, Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Methyl Triglycol Ether Mixture (MTGE Mix)

161907-79-5 164 Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Methyl Triglycol Ether, High Purity Grade (MTGE HP)

12-35-6 164 Rail, Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Ethyl Diglycol Ether, (EDGE) 111-90-0 134 Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Ethyl Triglycol Ether Mixture (ETGE Mix)

112-50-5 178 Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Ethyl Triglycol Ether Mixture, High Purity Grade (ETGE Mix HP)

112-50-5 178 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Isopropyl Glycol Ether (IPGE) 109-59-1 104 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Isopropyl Glycol Ether HP (IPGE HP)
109-59-1 104 Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Table 2. E-Series glycol ethers portfolio

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Esters

Esters are versatile oxygenated solvents, which are primarily used in paints, coatings and inks formulations. They are also widely used in sealants and adhesives, in pharmaceutical applications, in the textile industry, in cleaning formulations and as extraction solvents. Ethyl Acetate (ETAC), in particular, can be used as solvent and diluent in many applications thanks to higher solvency power, low toxicity and agreeable odour, so it is not only used in paint coating inks and industrial processes but also, for example, in the decaffeination of coffee beans and tea leaves.

Ethyl Acetate (ETAC) is a low toxicity colourless liquid used primarily as a solvent. It is commonly used in commercial and flexographic printing inks, pharmaceutical processing, paints & coatings and adhesives and can, in addition, be used in the cleaning of circuit boards, nail varnish removers and decaffeination. EtAc Kosher grade is Kosher certified and complies with Halal requirements.

Butyl Acetate (BUAC) is a colourless liquid with a fruity odour. Butyl acetate is an active solvent for film-formers such as cellulose acetate butyrate, nitrocellulose, polyesters, epoxies, alkyds, vinyl copolymers, and acrylic resins. It is a urethane grade solvent and is widely used in 2K polyurethane coatings.

Isopropyl Acetate (IPAC) is a fast evaporating, mild odour solvent that is miscible with most common organic solvents and has properties intermediate between ethyl and butyl acetates. It is an active solvent for many types of synthetic resins such as cellulose acetate butyrate, nitrocellulose, vinyl copolymers, polyesters, polyamides, acrylics, and alkyds.

Product Name CAS Number Mol. Weight Supplied Form
n-Butyl Acetate (BUAC) 123-86-4 116 Bulk-vessel, Tank Container, Drum
n-Butyl Acetate (BUAC), Urethane grade 123-86-4 116 Bulk-vessel, Tank Container, Drum
Isobutyl Acetate (IBUAC) 110-19-0 116 Tank Container, Drum
Isopropyl Acetate (IPAC) 108-21-4 102 Tank Container, Drum

Isopropyl Acetate High Purity (IPAC HP)

108-21-4 102 Tank Container, Drum
2-Ethylhexyl Acetate (2EHA) 103-09-3 172 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Butyl Glycol Acetate (BGA) 112-07-2 160 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Butyl Diglycol Acetate (BDGA) 124-17-4 204 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Ethoxypropyl Acetate (EPA) 54839-24-6 146 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
ETAC
141-78-6 88 Bulk-vessel, Rail, Tank Container, Drums
ETAC Kosher grade
141-78-6 88 Tank Container, Drums
ETAC Urethane grade
141-78-6 88 Bulk-vessel, Tank Container, Drums

Table 3. Acetate esters portfolio

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Alkoxylates

Alkoxylation is one of the core technologies of INEOS Oxide.Our alkoxylates portfolio includes a broad range of products based on different initiators and various alkoxides. These products can be used for wetting, emulsifying, defoaming, solubilizing or as rheology modifiers in a variety of applications. Production flexibility permits us to offer anything from lab scale to high-volume performance chemicals. Fine-tuning of our manufacturing processes enables us to produce high-quality alkoxylation products, with low residual catalyst and low impurity levels. In addition to our standard product portfolio an extensive range of tailor-made products are manufactured in order to meet our customers’ specific end-use requirements.

The alkoxylates produced by INEOS Oxide are used in a wide range of applications including:

  • Construction chemicals
  • Detergents
  • Personal Care
  • Cosmetics 
  • Textiles
  • Polyuretanes
  • Industrial cleaners
  • Oil and gas processing chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Synthetic lubricants
  • Agrochemicals
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Oxo-Alcohols

INEOS Oxide is a major European producer of oxo-alcohols. The world-scale production unit in Lavera (France) produces n-butanol, isobutanol and 2-ethylhexanol. n-Butanol (NOL) is a four carbon primary alcohol used mostly as a chemical intermediate in manufacturing of butyl acrylate, butyl acetate and butyl glycol ethers. It can also be used as a solvent in coatings. 2-Ethyl Hexanol is a branched chain alcohol with a high boiling point and slow evaporation rate. It is a versatile solvent featuring excellent reactivity as a chemical intermediate in the manufacturing of acrylic monomers and plasticizers.

Table 4. Oxoalcohols portfolio

Product Name CAS Number Mol. Weight Supplied Form
2-Ethylhexanol (2-EH) 104-76-7 130 Bulk-vessel, Rail, Tank Container, IBC, Drum
n-Butanol (NOL) 71-36-3 74 Bulk-vessel, Rail, Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Isobutanol (IOL) 78-83-1 74 Bulk-vessel, Rail, Tank Container, IBC, Drum

Table 4. Oxoalcohols portfolio

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ENB AND VNB NORBORNENES

INEOS Oxide is at the forefront of norbornene technology and is Europe’s sole producer of these important chemicals. Our Antwerp production plant allows us to provide high quality norbornene products to our customers in industrial-scale quantities. ENB is primarily used as the diene monomer in the production of ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) rubber.

This synthetic rubber shows superior heat, wear and weather resistance, and is commonly used in applications including:

  • Automotive
  • Cooling system circuit hoses
  • Door and window seals
  • Roofing membranes
  • Pond liners
  • Cable insulation

Norbornenes are also used in the flavour and fragrance industry as an intermediate in the preparation of perfume ingredients.

Product Name CAS Number Mol. Weight Supplied Form
Ethylidene Norbornene (ENB) 16219-75-3 120 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Vinylnorbornene (VNB) 3048-64-4 120 Tank Container, IBC, Drum
Mixed Norbornenes (MNB) 16219-75-3 - Tank Container
THI Resin Former (THI RF) 3048-65-5 - Tank Container
THI Trimer (THI TM) 100-40-3 - Tank Container

Table 5. Norbornenes portfolio

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