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BP Chemicals

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November 1968. Polyblend plastics.

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1967 New subsidiary company, BP Chemicals, established to hold all of BP's chemical and plastics interests and the chemicals businesses acquired from Distillers Co[1].

1968 New ethylene plant at Grangemouth

1968 Announced plans for £60M chemicals and plastics complex at Baglan Bay in South Wales (including vinyl chloride); offered to acquire Chevron Chemical's interest in the phthalic anhydride plant at Salt End, Hull and announced plans for expansion of this plant[2].

1969 Announced plans for investment in plant for making plastics at Stroud (polystyrene), Grangemouth (high density polyethylene) and Barry (Breon nitrile rubber)[3].

1970 Plans to build new ethanol plant at Baglan Bay[4]. New phenol plant commissioned at Grangemouth[5]. Wulff plant for producing acetylene used to make vinyl chloride monomer at Barry was closed after many technical problems since it was commissioned in 1966[6]; the chemical would be imported instead[7].

1978 BP acquired ICI's share of Border Chemicals based at Grangemouth[8], which became part of BP Chemicals.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 1 April 1967
  2. The Times, 11 December 1968
  3. The Times, 4 February 1969
  4. The Times, 14 January 1970
  5. The Times, 26 October 1970
  6. The Times, 18 December 1970
  7. The Times, 4 December 1970
  8. The Times, 22 July 1978