Our products are part of life: Food containers, plastic bottles, clothes, paint, painkillers and lipstick. Our businesses serve a multitude of industries and human needs
A view of an operator walking on a raised walkway at the Acetyls facility in Saltend, near Hull in the UK.

BP holds world-leading positions in three key product areas — acetyls, paraxylene and purified terephthalic acid (PTA). At BP, we are focused on continuous improvement in all that we do. Our petrochemicals business has grown in large measure from our willingness and ability to identify our customers’ changing needs as they meet consumer requirements and environmental standards.

Our objective is to produce and supply products that are critical building blocks for a wealth of consumer products in the world's growth markets, cost effectively and in an environmentally friendly way, by employing the best people, taking care of our community, and delivering value to our shareholders.

An operator performing quality control checks on the bagged PTA at the Cooper River chemical plant, South Carolina, USA.

What we do

Essential raw materials and leading edge technology make Petrochemicals a vital business within BP

Hannah Beck (left) and Angela Chaffe (right), Chemical Engineers, Hull, UK.

Our history

Our business has been growing for over half a century

An operator at the Acetyls facility in Saltend, near Hull in the UK.


Our people bring passion and expertise to everything they do