Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda — key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride. OxyChem's market position is among the top three producers in the United States in 2017 for the principal products it manufactures and markets. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
OxyChem and Oxy Vinyls, LP are wholly owned subsidiaries of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Armand Products Company, a joint venture between OxyChem and Church & Dwight Co., Inc., sells potassium carbonate and potassium bicarbonate.
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 will use the ethylene to manufacture vinyl chloride monomer, which Mexichem will use to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and PVC piping systems.
In December 2017, OxyChem began producing 4CPe at a new facility at its Geismar, Louisiana, plant, following the on-time and on-budget construction of the facility. This raw material enables the efficient production of next-generation, climate-friendly refrigerants. This product was developed by OxyChem, and the process is patented globally.
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.*
OxyChem is a five-time winner of the American Chemistry Council's top safety performance award, including the "Responsible Care® Company of the Year" award in 2015, in recognition of outstanding achievements in environmental, health, safety and security performance.
Seventeen 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's Injury and Illness Incidence Rate (IIR) was 0.44 in 2017. Since 2000, OxyChem has achieved an approximately 50 percent reduction of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX) carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.
In January 2019, OxyChem became a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, which has a goal of investing $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” 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.
OxyChem's statement (PDF) regarding its compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010.