Base chemicals

From inorganics to petrochemicals

Base chemicals include petrochemicals, derivatives and basic inorganics. Produced in large volumes, they are sold to the chemical industry itself or to other industries. Manufactured using basic processes such as thermal cracking and distillation, they act as essential starting products for intermediates, agrochemicals, polymers, coatings and many other products.

Input materials of mineral origin are used for manufacturing of basic inorganics. In petrochemical plants the feedstock (generally petroleum or natural gas) is converted into basic petrochemicals, such as olefins and aromatics.

ABB is recognized for supporting base chemical manufacturers as they confront these critical success factors. Consolidation or optimization of production sites typically targets the reduction of production costs, and helps ensure quality and on-time delivery.

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