Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, CPChem had approximately 5,000 employees worldwide and $13.6 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2015. Its business has two primary segments: Oleﬁns and Polyoleﬁns (O&P) and Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics (SA&S). The O&P segment produces and markets ethylene, propylene and other oleﬁns products. Most of the ethylene is consumed within the O&P segment for the production of polyethylene and normal alpha oleﬁns. The SA&S segment manufactures and markets aromatics products and styrenics, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers. SA&S also manufactures and/or markets a variety of specialty chemical products, including organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalysts, drilling chemicals and mining chemicals.
CPChem is the:
- World’s largest producer of high-density polyethylene.
- World’s second-largest alpha olefins producer.
- Fourth-largest ethylene producer in North America.
- World’s largest cyclohexane producer.
CPChem's Primary Brands Include:
- Marlex® polyethylene, a premium extrusion and rigid packaging resin.
- Soltex® drilling mud additive, a high-temperature/high-pressure ﬂuid loss control additive for water-based muds.
- Scentinel® Gas Odorants, which are added to natural gas to give it a distinctive smell, a vital safety measure.
CPChem’s primary assets are on the Texas Gulf Coast and in the Middle East. Through its subsidiaries and equity affiliates, CPChem has 34 manufacturing sites located in Belgium, China, Colombia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States as well as two research and development centers. These research centers provide petrochemical and polymer research and house an advanced analytical sciences group to support new catalyst development, product and process development, and commercial process support for all of its major product lines.
CPChem’s plastics technical center is equipped with processing and testing technology for the molding and extrusion of polymer and copolymer resins.
CPChem’s MarTECH® loop slurry process for high-density polyethylene production is one of the most versatile and widely licensed processes in the world, with more than 80 commercial reactor facilities using this technology. Another technological achievement is CPChem’s proprietary Aromax® technology, the lowest-cost process for on-purpose production of benzene.
Other proprietary technologies include: on-purpose 1-hexene technology; normal alpha oleﬁns and polyalphaolefins production technology; proprietary acetylene reduction catalyst technology; K-Resin® SBC technology; methyl mercaptan process technology; and ﬁrst- and second-generation functional drilling ﬂuid technology.
In 2015, CPChem continued construction of its world-scale U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals Project. The project includes a 3.3 billion-pound-per-year (BLb/Y) ethylene unit, located at CPChem’s Cedar Bayou Facility in Baytown, Texas, and two 1.1 BLb/Y polyethylene facilities, located in Old Ocean, Texas, adjacent to the Sweeny facility. The project is scheduled to start up in the second half of 2017 and is expected to increase CPChem’s global ethylene and polyethylene capacity by about 30 percent.
An expansion project to increase CPChem’s normal alpha olefins (NAO) capacity by 220 million pounds per year was completed at its Cedar Bayou Facility in June 2015. Current full-range NAO capacity at the Cedar Bayou site is 1.6 BLb/Y. NAO and its derivatives are used extensively as polyethylene comonomers, synthetic motor oils, lubricants, and automotive additives and in a wide range of specialty applications.
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