Hull is home to some of BP’s most innovative and cutting edge operations including manufacturing acetic acid for a variety of products such as paints, adhesives and solvents. Our research and technology centre (HRTC), where new technologies for producing petrochemicals are developed, tested and piloted is also based on site.
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of acetic acid, BP’s European acetyls business is engaged in the entire value chain, from manufacturing to the sale and marketing of our core products. Our acetyls products are used in a wide range of industries, from the manufacture of medicines and plastic bottles to the production of textiles. With the emphasis on safety, reliability and operational excellence, our Hull site produces over a million tonnes of our core products every year. It is the largest single producer of acetic acid in Europe, making this a strategically significant location for our global business.
Hull research and technology centre
BP is at the forefront of research and technology in the petrochemicals field, and Hull is one of our three global research and technology centres for petrochemicals research and technology. We’re always pushing the boundaries in terms of the scale and scope of our projects, and our teams provide high-quality technical expertise to meet our needs. This includes developing more efficient technologies using new feedstocks and catalyst systems that offer us commercial manufacturing advantage against our competitors.