Fuel Components

MTBE (DRIVERON®) 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 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

- 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. 


Michael Thol

Fuel Components

About Evonik
Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The focus on more specialty businesses, customer-oriented innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. They are the lever for profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company. Evonik benefits specifically from its customer proximity and leading market positions. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world with more than 32,000 employees. In fiscal 2018, the enterprise generated sales of €13.3 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.15 billion.

About Performance Materials

The business line Performance Intermediates is part of the Performance Materials Segment which is managed by Evonik Performance Materials GmbH. The segment focuses its global activities on developing and manufacturing polymer materials and intermediates, especially for use in agriculture and in the rubber and plastics industry. This segment employed about 4,100 employees, and generated sales of around €3.98 billion in 2018 from continuing operations.  

About Performance Intermediates – 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.