Chemicals derived from petroleum or natural gaspetrochemicals – are an essential part of the chemical industry today. Petrochemistry is a fairly young industry; it only started to grow in the 1940s, more than 80 years after the drilling of the first commercial oil well in 1859. During World War II, the demand for synthetic materials to replace costly and sometimes less efficient products caused the petrochemical industry to develop into a major player in today’s economy and society.

Petrochemicals do not reach the final consumer – the man in the street; they are first sold to customer industries, undergo several transformations, and then go into products that seem to bear benefiting daily from end products that have been made thanks to the input of the petrochemical industry, more often than not we see no obvious connection between these everyday commodities and petrochemistry.if (document.currentScript) {