Our Business

We are the world's largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America.

1,426
team members
6
manufacturing sites
12
global office locations
11
methanol plants
9.4 million tonnes
production capacity in 2018
USD $3.9 billion
in revenue

What is methanol?

Methanol (CH₃OH) is a commodity chemical that is a key ingredient in a variety of chemical derivatives and serves as a building block to produce a multitude of everyday consumer and industrial items. Made of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, methanol can be produced from a variety of sources, including natural gas and coal, as well as renewable sources such as municipal waste, landfill gas, biomass, and captured carbon dioxide (CO₂).

On an industrial scale, methanol is predominantly produced from natural gas by reforming the gas with steam and then converting and distilling the resulting synthesized gas mixture to create pure methanol. The result is a clear, liquid, organic chemical that is water soluble and readily biodegradable.

How Methanol is Made

What is methanol used for?

Approximately 55% of all methanol is used to produce traditional chemical derivatives, including formaldehyde, acetic acid, and a variety of other chemicals. Demand for traditional chemical applications is influenced by global economic activities. Methanol is also used in an increasing number of energy-related applications, including the methanol-to-olefin (MTO) sector.

As an innovative, clean-burning fuel, methanol is an economically viable alternative that can provide fuel diversity and reduce emissions. Methanol can be produced from renewable resources like biomass, landfill gas, and CO₂