A History
of Innovation

Over 85 Years of Technology & Market Leadership

NuCera Solutions had its origins in the oil business of Oklahoma at the beginning of the 20th Century. In 1934, our predecessor, Bareco Oil Company, became the first manufacturer of marketable grade microcrystalline wax as a new technology with applications in the oilfield.

In 1955, Bareco was acquired by Petrolite Corporation – another oilfield business – and began the development of unique polymerization technologies, shifting its focus toward synthetic performance products.

In 1970, the company began production of its POLYWAX™ line of polyethylene waxes which became a technology leader around the world. Over the next 50 years, the NuCera Solutions business operated as a part of multi-billion-dollar companies, all the while developing new chemical technology as it moved into new markets.

Today, as a standalone organization, NuCera Solutions has the focus and the resources to continue its ongoing mission to deliver high levels of performance and value through uncommon chemistry.

85-Year-Old Heritage

1910
1910

The Barnsdall manufacturing plant is built by Southwest Refining Company

1934
1934

Microcrystalline wax production begins

1955
1955

Petrolite acquires Bareco Oil Company, creates Bareco Wax Division, and produces in the Barnsdall and Kilgore Refineries. Subsequently developed unique polymerization technologies and shifted focus towards synthetic products.

1970
1970

POLYWAX™ polyethylene product line is started

1975
1975

VYBAR™ polymer production begins

1983
1983

UNILIN™ alcohol product begins production

1995
1995

Petrolite and Pennzoil Corporation create a JV named Bareco Products

1997
1997

New Phase Technologies™ launches

1997
1997

Baker Hughes acquires Petrolite and establishes Baker Petrolite group

2005
2005

Addition of Dispersion capabilities

2006
2006

UNICID™ acid production begins

2011
2011

Polypropylene small-scale plant built
in Sand Springs, OK
2017
2017

Baker Hughes merges with GE O&G