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What is 1-butene?

1-butene is a linear alpha olefin (alkene), produced either by separation from crude C4 refinery streams or from the reaction of ethylene. It is distilled to give a very high purity product.

How is 1-butene used?

1-butene is used in the manufacture of a variety of other chemical products. It fills an important role in the production of materials such as linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE). The co-polymerisation of ethylene and 1-butene produces a form of polyethylene that is more flexible and more resilient. 1-butene can also help to create a more versatile range of polypropylene resins. It is also used in the production of polybutene, butylene oxide and in the C4 solvents secondary butyl alcohol (SBA) and methyl ethyl ketone (MEK).

What are our key strengths in the 1-butene sector?

  • Global player with access to manufacturing facilities in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific.    
  • Proven supply and logistics capability.    
  • Can supply broad range of polyethylene comonomers (1-butene,

    1-hexene, 1-octene).

1-BUTENE product datasheets and descriptions
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BUTENE-1 Butene-1 of high purity made by cracking naphtha and separated from other products by an extra high purity distillation column. It can be used in a variety of applications but it is primarily used as a comonomer in polymerisation processes to make High Density and Linear Low Density Polyethylenes where the very high purity is especially beneficial. Datasheet

1-butene fills an important role in the production of materials such as linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE). The co-polymerisation of ethylene and 1-butene produces a form of polyethylene that is more flexible and more resilient. 1-butene can also help to create a more versatile range of polypropylene resins.

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