At INEOS Phenol we produce two main products: Phenol and Acetone. We also produce Cumene and Alphamethylstyrene. These basic chemicals are key intermediates which our customers and their customers use to manufacture products which touch our everyday life.

Examples include:

Car bumpers
Household appliances
Acrylic glass
Computer screens
All our homes benefit from plywood, laminates and wood products produced with phenolic resins. For almost sixty years our business has been at the forefront of Phenol and Acetone product and application development.

We manufacture and market four separate product lines:


INEOS Phenol Markets

Phenol was isolated for the first time from coal tar in 1834. Initially, its disinfecting properties meant that it was used to treat wounds.

It was soon discovered that a vast number of useful derivatives could be synthesised from it, preparing the ground for today's high-quality, high-value Phenol derivative products.

Physical Properties:

At room temperature, Phenol is a white, crystalline material that melts at 41° C (105° F).

With Phenol extracted from coal tar, it took an extreme effort to meet even 99.6% purity. Soon after INEOS Phenol started producing Phenol in Gladbeck, Germany in 1954, our process delivered a purity of 99.7%.

Today, we meet the quality requirements of the most demanding producers with purity of our Phenol in excess of 99.99% without water.

Annual Capacity:

  • USA: 540 kt
  • Europe: 1,330 kt


  • C6H5-OH

Major End-uses:

  • Automotive
  • Detergents
  • Fibres
  • Sheets and Films
  • Aspirin
  • Plywood, OSB
  • Textile
  • Coatings
  • Glazing
Physical Properties
Melting Point 41°C
Boiling Point 182°C
Flash Point 81°C
Density 1.07g/cm3 (20°C)
Main Derivatives
Bisphenol A Polycarbonate/Epoxy Resins
Phenolic Resins Moulding, Binders, Insulation Wool
Cyclohexanone Caprolactam
Alkyphenols Surfactants
Salicylic Acid Pharmaceutical
Phenol synthetic - 99.99%SDSCDs, DVDs, Aspirin, housing construction, automotive, textile, detergents, coatings, fibres, glazing, sheets and films.
Phenol synthetic - Low water contentSDSCDs, DVDs, Aspirin, housing construction, automotive, textile, detergents, coatings, fibres, glazing, sheets and films.
Phenol synthetic - Solutions with 5 to 15% waterSDSAspirin, housing construction, automotive, textile, detergents, coatings, fibres, glazing, sheets and films.


INEOS Phenol Acetone Products

Acetone is produced simultaneously with the production of Phenol.

Acetone also has a wide variety of applications from solvents to chemical intermediates and is used in the production of acrylics, polycarbonates and fine chemical intermediates.

Physical Properties:

Acetone is a water-white, highly combustible liquid with a boiling point of 56° C (133° F).

The purity of our standard Acetone is 99.9% without water.

Annual Capacity:

  • USA: 330 kt
  • Europe: 830 kt


  • CH3-CO-CH3

Major End-uses:

  • Solvents
  • Acrylic glass
  • Computer screens
  • Polyurethane foams
  • Medical products
  • Acrylic Polymers and sheet
  • Computer housing
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Sealants
  • Polycarbonate
Physical Properties
Boiling Point 56°C
Flash Point -17°C
Density 0.79g/cm3 (20°C)
Main Derivatives
Bisphenol A Polycarbonate/ Epoxy Resins
MMA Polymethylmethacrylates/ Acrylics
Isophorone Coatings
MIBK Solvents
Acetone - Chemical gradeSDSSolvents, acrylic polymers and sheets, medical products, computer housing and screens, paints and varnishes, sealants and polycarbonate.
Acetone - Food sector gradeSDSSheets and films.
Acetone - Low water contentSDSMedical products and cosmetics.
Acetone - Pharma gradeSDSMedical products.

Alphamethylstyrene (AMS)

INEOS Alphamethylstryene (AMS) Markets

Alphamethylstyrene (AMS) is formed as an intermediate product during Phenol and Acetone production.

Currently, Alphamethylstyrene (AMS) is isolated and purified solely in our Gladbeck facility.

Physical Properties:

AMS is a combustible liquid with a boiling point of 165° C (329°F), similar in its chemical nature to cumene or gasoline.

AMS is used as a modifier in the manufacture of heat resistant ABS resins with applications in the automotive and electrical industries for water heaters and household equipment.

The purity of our AMS is in excess of 99.6%.

Annual Capacity:

  • Europe: 50 kt AMS


  • C6H5-C(CH3)=CH2

Main Derivatives:

  • ABS Resins

Major End-uses:

  • Heat stabiliser for ABS
  • Casings for coffee machines, irons, etc.
  • Adhesives
  • Coatings
  • Waxes
  • Tackifiers
  • Antioxidants (nutrition)
  • Resins
  • Printing inks
  • Personal care products
Physical Properties
Boiling Point 165°C
Flash Point 40-54°C
Density 0.91g/cm3 (20°C)
AlphamethylstyreneSDSHeat stabiliser for ABS, casings for coffee machines, irons etc, adhesives, coatings, waxes, tackifiers and antioxydants.