September 2022

1920s–1990s

History of the HPI

Over the last 9 mos, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided a detailed history of the origins and evolution of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). This robust analysis chronicled the beginnings of the modern refining and petrochemical industries through the technological advancements that have created the global energy juggernaut the industry has become today.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the last 9 mos, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided a detailed history of the origins and evolution of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). This robust analysis chronicled the beginnings of the modern refining and petrochemical industries through the technological advancements that have created the global energy juggernaut the industry has become today.

Up to the 1930s 

Whales, lamps, automobiles, plastics and war

Originally published in January 2022

1930s 

Catalytic cracking, polyethylene, synthetic fibers, resins and jet engines

Originally published in February 2022

1940s

Global conflict, FCC, 100 octane, synthetic rubber—Wartime necessitates advancing technologies

Originally published in March 2022

1950s

Capacity expansion, HDPE/PP, polycarbonate, computers and rocket science

Originally published in April 2022

1960s

Synthetic oils, zeolite catalysts, LLDPE, OPEC and creation of the PLC

Originally published in May 2022

1970s

Crises, clean air, plastic bottles and the DCS

Originally published in June 2022

1980s

Oil spike/collapse, liquid crystals, conducting polymers and the rise of AR/VR

Originally published in July 2022

1990s

Clean fuels and emissions mitigation, M&A, GTL and the fieldbus wars

Originally published in August 2022

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