HOUSTON -- Lyondell Chemical Company (NYSE: LYO) will
begin supplying anhydrous isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to the merchant market
in January 2008. The company will produce IPA at its world-scale chemical
complex in Channelview, Texas.
IPA is a widely used solvent for cleaners and coatings. It is used, for
example, in paints, inks, household cleaners, lacquers and thinners for
wood finishing, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, disinfectants and
deicing fluids. IPA is also an important chemical intermediate needed
for the manufacture of methyl isobutyl ketone, isopropyl acetate, isopropylamines
and other products.
In addition to IPA, Lyondell offers an extensive line of oxygenated solvents
including ethyl alcohol, methanol, tertiary-butyl alcohol (TEBOL®
99), ethylene and propylene glycols, glycol ethers and esters, VOC-exempt
tertiary-butyl acetate (TBAc solvent), propylene carbonate, N-methyl-pyrrolidone
(NMP), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and high-purity
methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE).
Lyondell Chemical Company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North
America's third-largest independent, publicly traded chemical company.
Lyondell is a leading global manufacturer of chemicals and plastics, a
refiner of heavy, high-sulfur crude oil and a significant producer of
fuel products. Key products include ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene,
propylene oxide, gasoline, ultra low-sulfur diesel, MTBE and ETBE.
Source: Lyondell Chemical