• 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

    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 >


    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 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

  • Contact Us

    For additional information on Indopol polybutenes or to request samples, email us at

For additional information on Indopol polybutenes or to request samples, email us at

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. (02 / 2016)

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