Our History

From a single site in Antwerp bought for £84 million and employing just 400 people, INEOS has grown exponentially since it was formed in May 1998. Here is an overview of the key milestones in our short history.

  1. INEOS donates £100 Million to create new Oxford University Institute to fight Antimicrobial Resistance
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  2. INEOSandPLASTIC ENERGYto collaborate on advanced plastic recycling facility.

    Two further Hand Sanitiser plants opened in US to support hospitals.
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    Third plant in France setup for Hand Sanitiser production, manufacturing 1 millions bottles per month.
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    First and Second Hand Sanitiser plant opened after just 10 days.FIND OUT MORE

    INEOS becomes principle partner to Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team.
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    Completes the acquisition of BP’s global Aromatics & Acetyls business
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    INEOS to become a one-third shareholder in Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
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    INEOS announces its new INEOS Energy venture
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    INEOS Automotive confirms acquisition of Hambach production site from Mercedes-Benz
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    INEOS O&P USA announce the acquisition of Sasol’s Ownership of Gemini HDPE LLC
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    Launch of a new Clean Hydrogen Business to accelerate the drive to net zero carbon emissions
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    INEOS agrees to the largest ever industrial wind power purchase contract in Belgium with ENGIE
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    Launches INEOS Hygienics, a new global healthcare business
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    We revealed the design of the new Grenadier 4x4 to the world
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    Announced the acquisition of BPs petchem business. The "lock down deal" was all done virtually by Skype during COVID 19 restrictions
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    Announced our involvement via INOVYN in the Power to Methanol project in Antwerp
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  3. Mercedes-AMG Petronas有限公司mes on board with INEOS Team UK and Team INEOS in new performance partnership

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    Advanced polymer pilotplant opens in Rosignano, Italy

    History is made:Eliud Kipchogebecomes first human to break the two-hour marathon in theINEOS’ 1:59 Challenge

    INEOS Team UKlaunch Americas Cup Race boat 1 – “Britannia”

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    Acquires亚什兰复合材料业务成为INEOS Composites

    AcquiresFrench Ligue 1 Football clubOGC Nice

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    $2 billioninvestment inSaudi Arabiawith three world-scale plants announced

    INEOS 1:59, the sub two-hour marathon Challenge is announced

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    INEOSacquiresCristal’s North American Titanium Dioxide business from Tronox for $700 million. CreatesINEOS Pigments

    Team Sky becomesTeam INEOS. INEOSacquiresTour Racing Ltd from Sky and 21st Century Fox

    INEOS EnterprisessellsINEOS Melamines and INEOS Paraforms to Prefere Resins Holding GmbH

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    £1 billioninvestmentin INEOSUKbased businesses announced

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    €3 billionpetrochemicalinvestmentin Antwerp announced

    INEOS OxideacquiresLavéra Ethoxylation Plant

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    Acquires theFlint Hills Intermediatesbusiness to be trade asINEOS Joliet

    AcquiresAshland CompositesBusiness for $1.1 billion

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    Celebrates its20th anniversarywith€200 million Europeaninvestmentin its Oxide business

    Announces€2.7bn investmenta newEuropean cracker, the first in 20 years

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    形式INEOS TEAM UKand invests £110m to challenge for theAmerica’s Cup

  5. Acquires clothing brandBelstaff

    Acquires Swiss football clubLausanne Sport

    形式INEOS Automotiveto develop 4x4 off-road vehicle

    BuysForties Pipeline SystemandKinneil终端fromBP

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    Acquires the entire oil and gas business fromDong Energyto becomeTop 10 oil and gas companyin theNorth Sea

  6. BuysSolvay’sstake inINOVYN

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    Movesheadquartersback to the UK

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    First shipment of ethane fromUS to Europeusingpurpose-built vessels– part of a 1$bn project

  7. BuysNorth Seagas fields fromDEA

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    First twoDragon shipsnamed

    形式theINOVYN50/50 JV with Solvay

    Acquires further shale gas licenses

  8. Ground BreakingHDPE JV plantwith Sasol

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    AcquiresGrangemouthpower plant from Fortum

    Completes purchase ofBASFshare ofStyrolution

    Acquires firstUK shale gas licenses

    AcquiresSasol SolventsGermany GmbH

  9. Agrees to create aworld-class PVC producerwith Solvay

    Firstethane Dragon shipsordered

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    Rafnes tank approved

    U.S.ethane有限公司ntracts signed

    Project Mariner

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    INEOS Technologies and Accsys Technologies form a 50/50joint ventureto develop and commercialise Tricoya® technology and materials

  11. KerlingacquireTessenderlo's European Chlor-Vinyls Business

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    INEOS and BASF form Styrolution, a new global styrenicsjoint venture

    INEOS Bio joint venturebreaks groundon the first advanced waste-to-fuel commercial
    refinery in the USA

    INEOS and Petrochinaformtrading and refining joint venture in Europe

  12. INEOS divests its global films business to Bilcare

    INEOS Oxidebuildsa one million tonne Ethylene Terminal at its Zwijndrecht Facility

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    INEOSmovesits headquarters from the United Kingdom to Switzerland

    INEOS Group divests INEOS Fluor to Mexichem Fluor S.A

    英力士带来together INEOS Norway and INEOS ChlorVinyls tocreateThe Kerling Group as a European market leader in PVC and Chlor-Alkali

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    INEOS Nitriles make technological breakthrough toimprovethe global security of supply for Acetonitrile

    INEOS Oligomersstart upa new 'super flexible' technology innovation for its Linear Alpha Olefin (LAO) unit in Feluy, Belgium

  14. INEOS NitrilesacquiresSeal Sands Acrylonitrile site from BASF

    The European Olefins and Polyolefins Business are有限公司mbinedto form INEOS Olefins &
    Polymers, Europe

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    INEOS Silicas issoldto PQ

    INEOS Enterprisesacquiresthe VAM and Ethyl Acetate Business from BP

    INEOS Bioformed

    INEOSacquiresHydro Polymer and the remaining 50% share of the Noretyl Cracker from Norsk Hydro

  15. An expanded INEOS Nova Styrenicsjoint venturelaunched

    INEOSacquires51% of ABS Business from Lanxess and forms INEOS ABS

    INEOSacquiresBorealis AS and 50% of Noretyl Cracker

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    INEOS Chlorvinyls completessaleof E-PVC Business to Vinnolit

    INEOS Fluor agreesjoint venturewith Zhejiang Xing Teng Chemical Company Limited to produce HF

  16. INEOS EnterprisesacquiresWhite Salt Business from Salt Union

    INEOS Oxideacquiresthe EO/EG Business from BP in Köln

    Creationof INEOS ChlorVinyls joint management board

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    INEOSrestructuresInnovene and forms INEOS Nitriles, INEOS Olefins, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, INEOS Oligomers, INEOS Polyolefins, INEOS Refining and INEOS Technologies

  17. INEOSacquiresInnovene from BP, a 'transformational acquisition'

    INEOS Phenolacquiresthe Chevron Phillips Cumene plant in Port Arthur

    INEOSacquiresBASF's US and Canadian Polystyrene Business and forms INEOS Styrenics

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    Nova Innovene Styrenicsjoint ventureestablished

    Innoveneestablishedas a BP subsidiary

    INEOSacquiresthe former Amino Resins Business of UCB from CYTEC and forms INEOS Melamines

    EVC becomesfully ownedby INEOS and is renamed INEOS Vinyls

  18. INEOS EnterprisesacquiresSulphur Chemicals Business from Rhodia

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    Formationof INEOS Enterprises

  19. INEOSacquiresMethanova GmbH and forms INEOS Paraform

  20. INEOSacquiresPhenolchemie and forms INEOS Phenol

    INEOSacquiresa majority shareholding in EVC

    INEOSacquiresDow Chemicals' global Ethanolamine and USA/Canadian Gas/Spec™ gas treating Amines businesses

    INEOSacquiresICI KLEA and forms INEOS Fluor

    INEOSacquiresICI Chlor-Chemicals and forms INEOS Chlor

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    INEOSacquiresCrosfield and forms INEOS Silicas

  21. Start upof Mobile Phenol plant in Alabama, USA

  22. INEOSformedto acquire the former BP site at Antwerp from Inspec

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    EVCfloatedon the Amsterdam Stock Exchange

  24. KG Cracker有限公司mmissionedat Grangemouth

    Start upof Antwerp Phenol/Acetone plant

    ICI and Teijin Limitedjoint ventureto make KLEA™134A at Mihara, Japan

  25. ICIopenthe world’s largest HFC 134A plant at St Gabriel, Louisiana and the world’s first HFC32 plant in the UK

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    ICI有限公司mmissionthe world's first HFC 134A plant

  27. EVCformedthrough a 50/50 joint venture between ICI and Enichem

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    Antwerp sitesoldto BP Chemicals

  29. First gas phase Polyethylene plant有限公司mmissionedat Lavéra

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    Chocolate bayou siteacquired阿莫科石油公司对石油化工manufacture

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    Union Carbide有限公司nstructEthylene Derivatives site at Antwerp

  32. First有限公司mmercialisationof Ammoxidation process for Acrylonitrile at Lima

    Installationof two state-of-the-art Cell rooms at ICI Runcorn site for Chlorine and Caustic Soda production

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    Start up of the Erdölchemie GmbH Petrochemical site at Köln, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and Bayer

  34. HDPE生产started atRosignano

    Start upof Bayer ABS Business

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    Start upof Gladbeck Phenol/Acetone plant in Germany

  36. First Naphtha Crackerstartedin Lavéra

  37. Start upof the Lavéra, France Petrochemicals facility

  38. 1933 - Lavéra, France Oil Refinerystartsproduction

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    Grangemouth, UK Oil Refinerystartsproduction

  40. Firstproductionof Formaldehyde in Mainz, Germany

  41. Castner Kellner Alkali Co. Ltsstartedproduction of Caustic Soda at Runcorn, UK

About

Our Leadership

INEOS is led by its founder and Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and co-owners Andy Currie and John Reece.

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Locations

INEOS has sites around the world, catering to different businesses and requirements. View the interactive map here.

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Consumer Brands

Why would, and how did, a successful global manufacturer of chemicals venture into consumer operations?

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