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Solvents
PMMA Solvents Higher olefins Surfactants
Synthetic MTBE (Fuel ether)
rubbers Plastics
Isobutyl Acrylic Alkylbenzene
Plasticisers n-Butylacetate
Superabsorbents acetate esters MMA Isophorone
Acrylate Vinyl acetate
PVC plastics Solvents
elastomers monomer n-Butenes
Ethyl Isopropyl
Polyacrylate n-Butanol Isobutanol Acrylic acid Acetone Nylon
Ethyl Ethyl Ethyl hexanol acetate
Vinyl chloride Phenolic Poly-
acrylate acetate amines Acetic acid resins urethane
monomer
Cyclohexane

Polyethylenes Polypropylene Acrylic acid Butyraldehyde Isopropanol Formaldehyde
Ethylene Epoxy
(LDPE, HDPE, Ethyl alcohol Acetaldehyde Butyl Polycarbonate Solvents
dichloride resin
LLDPE) rubbers

MTBE Bisphenol A PMMA
Polyisobutylene
(Fuel ether) Chemical intermediates

Phenolic resins MMA

Epoxy
Polycarbonate Solvents Phenol Acetone
Solvents resin Isobutylene Polymethyl methacrylate
SBR (PMMA)
Unsaturated Solvents
synthetic
polyesters
rubber Cumene
DEA Bisphenol A PMMA
Ethylene Propylene Methyl
ABS, SAN Polystyrene Polyesters glycol ethers Polyester methacrylate
glycol ether Polyurethane
plastics plastics MEA TEA acetates resins (MMA)
acetates
NBR Acrylic Phenolic resins MMA
Synthetic rubber fibres NBR SBR Polystyrene Flexible PVC
Nitrite Styrene ABS/SAN
(Mono) Propylene plastics
(Mono) ethylene Ethylene glycol Propylene glycol synthetic butadiene
Styrene Ethanolamines Diethylene glycol ABS SAN Propylene Glycols Polyols
glycol ethers Phenol Acetone ethers rubber rubber SBR
plastics plastics glycol (di-, tri-, …) Unsaturated Polyurethane Polyester Plasticisers
Styrene
polyester
butadiene rubber

Styrene
Toluene
Ethylbenzene Ethylene oxide Acrylonitrile Cumene Propylene oxide Butadiene Methanol Solvents Paraxylene Orthoxylene
diisocyanate
Ethylbenzene

Ethylene Propylene C4 stream Pygas Benzene Toluene Xylenes

OLEFINS AROMATICS

STEAM CRACKING STEAM CRACKING

Ethane LPG Methane STEAM CRACKING

CATALYTIC REFORMING STEAM CRACKING

ASSOCIATED GASES NAPHTHA NAPHTHA NGL METHANE
REFINING PROCESSING

CRUDE OIL NATURAL GAS
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