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.
The Barnsdall manufacturing plant is built by Southwest Refining Company
Microcrystalline wax production begins
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.
POLYWAX™ polyethylene product line is started
VYBAR™ polymer production begins
UNILIN™ alcohol product begins production
Petrolite and Pennzoil Corporation create a JV named Bareco Products
New Phase Technologies™ launches
Baker Hughes acquires Petrolite and establishes Baker Petrolite group
Addition of Dispersion capabilities
UNICID™ acid production begins
in Sand Springs, OK
Baker Hughes merges with GE O&G
Specialty Polymer business of Baker Hughes becomes NuCera Solutions