Products & Markets

Fuel Components

MTBE is used as an anti-knocking agent in gasoline fuels and is an enabler for cleaner fuels worldwide.

Isobutene is a versatile intermediate for the production of various fuel and lubricant additives, synthetic rubbers and specialty chemicals like e.g. fragrances and antioxidants.

Our Fuel Components

Performance Intermediates is a major producer of C4-based materials for the rubber, plastics and specialty chemicals markets. Within the market segment Fuel Components, we offer different products such as MTBE (DRIVERON®) which is mainly used as an anti-knocking agent in gasoline fuels. Methyl tert butyl ether helps to reduce emissions worldwide. Another important product besides MTBE, is the high-purity and intermediate isobutene.

Methly-tert, butyl ether (MTBE)


Our Logistic Options

We currently offer the shipment of MTBE through barges.

Isobutene is offered in various modes of transportation, such as:

  • Seagoing Vessels
  • Barges
  • Rail Tank Cars
  • Trucks
  • Tank Containers
  • Iso-Containers

Main applications

MTBE is an anti-knocking agent for gasoline fuels and reduces harmful exhaust emissions.
MTBE is an anti-knocking agent for gasoline fuels and reduces harmful exhaust emissions.
  • Gasoline fuels
  • Fuel & lubricant additives
  • Synthetic rubbers
  • Specialty chemicals

benefits to our customers

The anti-knocking agent MTBE raises the octane rating of gasoline fuels and improves the combustion of fuels in the engine. This significantly reduces the emission of harmful exhaust gases such as carbon monoxide, particles, and hydrocarbons. The high blend octane rating of MTBE also reduces the use of toxic substances such as lead, manganese and benzene in gasoline. In this way, MTBE contributes to improved air quality.

High purity isobutene is a chemical building block with many applications, especially in the mobility sector: You may find it in transportation fuels (e.g. in cleaning additives) in lubricants (e.g. in antioxidants, friction modifiers or anti-wear additives) or even in tires (e.g. in agents to glue different elastomer parts prior to vulcanization).

Fun facts about us

  • A 10cm diameter tube filled with all our annual MTBE would be as long as half the way from Earth to Moon.
  • We are one of the first businesses to produce MTBE, which began over 40 years ago.
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About Evonik

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €13.1 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion in 2019. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. More than 32,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life, day by day.

About Performance Materials

The forever young classics of the Performance Materials Division stand for products and technologies that are continuously improved. They are the basis for many modern applications, for example in the areas of mobility, nutrition, pharmaceuticals or plastics. The division generated sales from continuing operations of around €2.04 billion in 2019 with about 1,600 employees. It is part of Evonik Operations GmbH.