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What is nonene?

Nonene, also known as propylene trimer, is a branched olefin produced by the polymerisation of propylene. It is extracted from the poly gasoline that is formed in a reactor. Once separated, the nonene is treated with antioxidants, before onward shipment.

It has been manufactured at the Shell Oil Products refinery at Anacortes in the State of Washington since 1994.

How is nonene used?

Nonene plays an unseen, but significant role in our everyday lives. Turn on the lights in your home or start your car, for example, and you may well be relying on flexible wiring or hose made possible with the addition of nonene.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a rigid plastic that can be made flexible by the addition of a plasticiser like nonene. Once plasticised, PVC is widely used in wire and cable coatings, electrical insulation, automotive interiors and coated fabrics.

Nonene can also be used to produce other chemical intermediates such as alkyl phenols, isodecyl alcohol, neodecanoic acid, and diphenylamine. As a result, we may encounter it in detergents and cleaners, as well as in antioxidants used in crankcase lubricating oils.

What are our key strengths in the nonene sector?

  • Major global suppliers.
  • Manufacturing facility fully integrated from raw material to final product.
  • Integrated and reliable global supply network.
  • Ability to ship by rail in the US or to other regions by ocean going vessel.
  • Professional customer support team plus specialist technical advice for key customers.
  • Product stewardship support, including provision of essential handling advice.

Nonene product datasheet and description
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Nonene Nonene, also known as propylene trimer, is a branched olefin produced by the polymerisation of propylene. It is extracted from the poly gasoline that is formed in a reactor. Once separated, the nonene is treated with antioxidants, before onward shipment. Datasheet

The US military first discovered PVC's qualities in electrical applications during World War II. PVC's chemical make-up makes it inherently flame resistant; adding plasticisers gives it the necessary flexibility in wiring applications.

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