Chemicals

​Overview

Chemicals

From automotive and electronics, to food and healthcare, to business and construction, OxyChem's solutions play a critical role in the products that we use every day. Our chemistry is essential to keeping water safe and promoting public health. Whether your goal is to eat healthier or live cleaner and safer, our advanced technologies and formulations help make everyday products better and improve the quality of life. We are OxyChem.

Leading Manufacturer

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, OxyChem is a global leader for the principal products it manufactures and markets. Our business builds on our strengths in technology, scale and operational excellence that generates consistent growth, customer satisfaction and next generation chemistry. Our innovations, passion and the experience of our people make OxyChem a leading manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda — key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products that touch everyday life.

OxyChem's market position is first or second in the U.S. for the principal basic chemicals products it manufactures and markets, including chlorine, caustic soda and caustic potash.

OxyChem's affiliate, Oxy Vinyls, LP (OxyVinyls), manufactures PVC resins, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and its precursor, ethylene dichloride (EDC). Based on data from industry trade publications, OxyVinyls is the largest VCM producer and the third-largest PVC supplier in the United States.  OxyVinyls also licenses technology for the production of EDC and VCM.

On a global basis, OxyChem is the second-largest merchant marketer in the world of chlorine and the largest marketer of its co‑product, caustic soda. Chlorine is an essential building block in thousands of products that make our lives safer, healthier and more convenient. It plays a vital role in keeping the world's water supplies safe by controlling harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause potentially deadly diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

OxyChem is the world's largest producer of caustic potash (potassium hydroxide), a principal component in fertilizers, batteries, soaps and detergents, and specialty glasses. The company also is the world's largest producer of calcium chloride, a premium salt with a variety of beneficial applications, including ice control, dust suppression, road stabilization and oilfield services.

Other products manufactured by OxyChem have an array of key applications. Chlorinated organics serve as intermediates to make refrigerants, among many other applications. Sodium silicates serve a wide range of end-use markets, including silica products, catalysts, soaps and detergents, paper products, paint and pigments, among many others. Chlorinated isocyanurates are sanitizers for residential swimming pools and spas. 

OxyChem is the largest North American and only U.S. producer of sodium chlorite, which is used extensively in the water treatment industry for disinfection and purification.

World-class Operations

OxyChem owns and operates 22 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., as well as international sites in Canada and Chile.

OxyChem operates a 1.2 billion pound-per-year capacity ethylene cracker at its plant in Ingleside, Texas, along with pipelines and storage at Markham, Texas. The cracker, a 50/50 joint venture with Mexichem that was constructed on time and on budget, began commercial operations in 2017. OxyChem uses the ethylene to manufacture vinyl chloride monomer, which Mexichem uses to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and PVC piping systems.

As an industry leader, OxyVinyls develops and licenses its EDC and VCM technologies to qualified manufacturers around the world. Plants currently using OxyVinyls' technology constitute more than a third of the world's ethylene-based VCM capacity.

OxyChem's Geismar, Louisiana, plant manufactures 4CPe, a raw material used in making next-generation, climate-friendly refrigerants with low global-warming and zero ozone-depletion potential. OxyChem developed this product and patented the process globally.

Responsible Care® and Sustainability

We recognize that to succeed in today's global market, we need to combine business success with responsible, safe operations and sustainability.  We strive to be a respected, reliable and growing chemical company in the world, focusing on sustainable solutions to bring innovative chemistry to our customers.

OxyChem works with the highest integrity, compliance and respect for the communities where we live and operate, while we reduce the impact of our environmental footprint.

OxyChem has been an active participant in the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative since its inception in 1988. Demonstrating their commitment to attaining the highest levels of safety and environmental achievement, Responsible Care companies implement world-class management systems, measure performance based on industry-wide metrics, and are subject to review by independent auditors.  

We are a four-time winner of the American Chemistry Council's top safety performance award, and the 2015 Responsible Care® Company of the Year, in recognition of OxyChem's outstanding achievements in environmental, health, safety and security performance.

Eighteen OxyChem facilities, including the headquarters facility in Dallas, have achieved Star Status identifying them as among the safest work sites in the U.S. under the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program.

OxyChem is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste , which seeks to invest $1.5 billion over five years to help eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean. The Alliance will develop and bring to scale innovative solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics by helping to enable a circular economy. This global effort consists of nearly 30 companies in the plastics value chain, including chemical and plastic manufacturers, consumer goods companies, retailers, converters and waste management.

OxyChem has increased its position as an industry leader by achieving Ecovadis silver certification and ranked in the top 20% of companies in our industry for sustainability performance. Ecovadis is an industry leading global supply chain sustainability assessment platform providing three levels of certification (Gold, Silver and Bronze) for sustainability performance.

OxyChem is proud to be a founding member of the Vinyl Sustainability Council and initial participant in the industry's +Vantage Vinyl™ program. The program is the U.S. vinyl industry first sustainability initiative focused on efforts to advance the industry's contribution to sustainable development. The +Vantage Vinyl™ program requires a third party audit to achieve the Green Circle certification for sustainability.

 

 

 

 

 

Partner of Choice

At OxyChem, social responsibility is fundamental to our success and reputation as a respected Partner of Choice. One example is our partnership with Water Mission, a non-profit that designs, builds and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. OxyChem's donated chlorine tablets, produced at our Sauget, Illinois, plant to help Water Mission provide clean water for 400,000 people in Uganda – approximately a million gallons of water distributed per day. Water Mission is also starting to use our chlorine products in Tanzania for the benefit of an additional 400,000-plus people in the next 1-2 years. The video below tells the story.


“OxyChem” is a registered trademark of Occidental Chemical Corporation.
“OxyVinyls” is a registered trademark of Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
“Responsible Care” is a registered service mark of American Chemistry Council, Inc.
*Read OxyChem's statement (PDF) regarding its compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010.

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