In Runcorn, we produce chlorine (Cl2) and ethylene dichloride (EDC), two essential intermediates for the production of PVC. The other key product is caustic soda (NaOH), a basic chemical used by our customers to make a wide range of end products for daily life.
The Runcorn site features a state-of-the-art membrane electrolysis plant for conversion of brine solution (common salt dissolved in water) into chlorine. The plant was commissioned in late 2005 and is operated in a 50/50 joint venture with Inovyn under the name of Runcorn MCP Limited.
In a second plant, the EDC Manufacturing Asset, we use ethylene (supplied directly by pipeline) and chlorine to produce EDC. That EDC is shipped to the Vynova site in Wilhelmshaven (Germany) and to customers worldwide. In Wilhelmshaven, we use the EDC to produce vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), the basic building block to make PVC, a high-quality material that our customers convert into a host of end products.
Situated on the banks of the River Mersey, the Runcorn site is connected by waterways to the Irish Sea. It is also very close to the UK Motorways M56 and M6, providing it with excellent access to logistic facilities and export markets.
As a responsible manufacturer, Vynova Runcorn is certified for the ISO 9001 (2015) quality management standards and the ISO 14001 (2015) standards for environmental management.
Ca. 10 ha
Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), Chlorine (Cl2), Caustic Soda (NaOH), Hydrochloric Acid (HCl)
INEOS takes full ownership of the EVC Group including the VCM and PVC plants.
Vynova Runcorn operates with respect towards the environment and with consideration towards the health of our employees and communities by implementing safe manufacturing processes. Our commitment to quality, safety and environmental accountability is summed up in the Vynova Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) policy, which you can consult on the dedicated page.
Vynova Runcorn, along with the other chemical operators on the Runcorn site, actively participates in responsible SHE (Safety, Health and Environment) management by providing the community with safety information and precautionary instructions in the event of a plant emergency.
The site’s combined off-site emergency response programme sends out important safety information and instructions at least every five years to residents and businesses within a set distance from the Runcorn site.
Are you a contractor or supplier for Vynova Runcorn? Here you will find useful documents and guidelines. Also, please regard the safety-related documentation included in our Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) section above.