In our aromatics product line, we produce cumene using benzene and refinery-grade propylene purchased from third parties, which we react using low-cost zeolite catalyst technology. We produce phenol by reacting internally produced cumene under high temperatures and pressure. We produce acetone and alpha-methylstyrene as co-products in our production of phenol. Axiall is the world's largest cumene producer.
As a co-product of phenol, acetone further diversifies our revenue base. The primary uses for acetone are as a key ingredient in acrylic resins and as an ingredient for surface coating resins for automotive and architectural markets. Acetone is also an intermediate for the production of engineered plastics and several major industrial solvents. Other uses range from solvents for automotive and industrial applications to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Product Stewardship Summary
Axiall produces alpha-methylstyrene (AMS) as a co-product in the phenol production process. AMS is an intermediate chemical which is used in the manufacturing of plasticizers, resins, and polymerization production processes. AMS helps Axiall to manufacture vinyl compounds, which perform in specific ways to meet the needs of our customers. For example, AMS allows the vinyl in automobiles to be more resistant to heat and more flexible.
Axiall is the world's largest producer of cumene, which is manufactured primarily by reacting benzene with propylene. A portion of cumene Axiall produces is consumed internally to produce phenol and acetone, which are used in the production of phenolic resins. Cumene production not used internally is sold to other phenol and acetone manufacturers. Cumene can also be used as a paint thinner, as a constituent for some petroleum-based solvents, and as a component of high-octane aviation fuel.
Isopropylbenzene [Cumene] MSDS
P/P Mix MSDS
Axiall's phenol is primarily sold to producers of phenolic resins and to manufacturers of engineered plastics. Phenolic resins are used extensively as adhesives for wood products such as plywood and chipped wood panels. Engineered plastics are used in compact discs, automobiles, household appliances, electronics and protective coating applications. We also sell phenol for use in insulation, electrical parts, oil additives and pharmaceuticals.
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