Products and Applications

  • INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA produces four main product lines:

    • Olefins
    • High density polyethylene 
    • Polypropylene
    • Manufactured 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 manufactured polyethylene 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

  • Merchant ProductsINEOS 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 2,615 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

Product List

    • Ethylene
    • Propylene
    • Butadiene
    • Mixed butenes
    • Crude benzene
    • Fuel oil
    • High density polyethylene resin
    • HDPE Pipe
    • Polypropylene resin


  • Ethylene

    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:

    • Polyethylene
    • Ethylbenzene
    • 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 pipe. Ethylene is of fundamental importance to the plastics industry and is a basic building block of organic chemistry.

  • Propylene

    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
    • Acrylonitrile

    Polypropylene and acrylonitrile are used in fiber, fabrics, cars, appliances, packaging and toys. 

  • 1,3-Butadiene

    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.

  • Mixed Butenes

    Also called butenes, or Raff-, 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.

    Butanes can be:

    • Used directly as an alkylate feed in a refinery process
    • 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

    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:

    • Styrene
    • Cumene

    Crude benzene is used as a precursor in the production of pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic rubber and dyes.

  • Fuel Oil

    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.


  • Polypropylene

    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
    • Building and construction products
    • Compounding
    • Pipe
    • Automotive and appliance parts
    • Food packaging, cups and containers
    • Caps and closures
    • Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film
    • Totes and storage bins
    • Carpeting
    • Hygiene products
    • Toys

  • Polyethylene

    Annually, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA produces 2.6 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:

    • Milk, juice and water bottles
    • Household chemical and pharma containers
    • Jar and bottle caps
    • High molecular weight film
    • Automotive fuel tanks and under-hood reservoirs
    • Drip irrigation, gas, water, and sewer service pipe
    • Power and telecom cables
    • Plastic wood decking
    • Pallets, crates and bins
    • Toys

High density polyethylene pipe

  • Annually WL Plastics manufactures 500 million pounds of high density polyethylene pipe.  Click here to learn more.

    Our pipe products are used for:

    • Potable water
    • Waste water
    • Mining
    • Oil and gas
    • Natural gas
    • Power and communications applications

Oil and Gas

INEOS is an onshore U.S. oil & gas business with operated production and development acreage near the Houston market. The assets are spread across Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Fayette, and Washington counties in Texas.

INEOS continues to look for midstream and upstream acquisition opportunities that will build on this position as well as provide integration with its wholly owned NGL Fractionator in Gaines County and salt dome storage at Stratton Ridge, Texas.

Olefins & Polymers USA is a fully integrated business from the production of hydrocarbons through to fabrication of polyethylene pipe.


  • Notice of INEOS Patents

    INEOS Olefins & 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
    CAP311X2180, CAP311 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2
    CAP508X2177, CAP508US US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2
    CAP508S2X2166, CAP508US1 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2
    CAP508X2178, CAP508US2 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2
    CAP508X2179, CAP508US3 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2
    CAP603X2174, CAP602CB7 US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2
    CP53-30 US 7879946B2, US 7232878B2, US 7776998B2, US 6946521B2
    J50-1000-187 US 6797756B2
    J50-10N5000, J52-08-226 US 7897710B2, US 9481772B2, US 9873782B2
    K44-06-122 US 7452954B2
    TUB121B, TUB121N, TUB121GN, TUB121NTW US 7879946B2, US 7233878B2, US 7776998B2, US 6946521B2, US 8653201B2, US 9873782B2
    Applications/ Processes Patents
    Low gel film and pipe US 8124708B2
    Bimodal film US 7897710B2, US 9481772B2, US 9873782B2
    Bimodal pipe fittings US 7714074B2, US 7812095B2
    Bimodal pipe US 7232866B2, US 7452954B2, US 7879946B2,
    US 9873782B2
    Bimodal cap US 7750082B2
    Organoleptic treatment US 7232878B2
    Caps US 6797756B2
    System and method for rapid transitioning of polyolefin processes from one product to another US 8986618B2, US 9273155B2, US 9371404B2

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