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entury of Innovation

During its first 100 years, UOP brought momentous industry rises to meet the challenges of the future,
changes to the world’s oil and gas industry, creating UOP will continue to fuel the solutions that bring
the foundation for today’s modern refining, petro- prosperity to the world.
chemical and gas processing industries.
Building the Oil & Gas Industry
UOP technologies are responsible for the fuels that
power our cars, trucks, jets and locomotives. UOP was founded on June 17, 1914 to commercialize
The materials that become the clothes the first conversion technology for upgrading
we wear and fabrics we depend on oil, developed by Jesse Adams Dubbs. Improved
are made using UOP technology. upon by his son Carbon Petroleum Dubbs, this
Even detergents and the plastic films, technology established UOP as a worldwide
fibers and resins we use are made – licensor of advanced refining technologies.

or are made better – with technologies from UOP. In 1931, UOP was acquired by a consortium of
several of the world’s largest oil companies. As a
Today, these technologies are behind more than jointly-owned subsidiary of these companies, UOP
85 percent of the biodegradable detergents, 70 became the center of research and development
percent of the polyester, more than 60 percent for the entire industry.
of the world’s gasoline, and nearly half the world’s
liquefied natural gas, enabling our modern way of That year, the foremost chemist of his age,
living. Everything that we have accomplished – all Vladimir Ipatieff joined UOP. He attracted hundreds
of this innovation and technological development – of the greatest minds in chemistry to UOP, starting
has been achieved with the partnership of our an enduring legacy of expertise in research and
customers, who helped UOP develop and development. Under Ipatieff’s leadership, UOP
commercialize its technologies. pioneered catalytic polymerization and laid the
groundwork for dozens of other new technologies.
We are proud that our relationships with customers
span decades, even generations. UOP has become During World War II, UOP’s technologies were
part of the fabric of the world’s oil and gas industry pooled with others in the industry, speeding the
by keeping our customers competitive and their development of fluid catalytic cracking, alkylation
operations modern, efficient and profitable. As the and isomerization.

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