CP50: Total Petrochemicals USA Inc.

Company Information

Houston-based Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. produces polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, styrene, base chemicals and transportation fuels. The company has manufacturing facilities in Texas and Louisiana, a research and development facility in La Porte, Texas, and a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The company is the American entity of Total Petrochemicals, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. As part of Total SA, the world's fourth-largest integrated petroleum company, Total Petrochemicals gains extensively from integration within refining. Based on this industrial rationale, the company operates large-scale facilities around the world, and in particular the United States and Europe.As a fully integrated operation, Total Petrochemicals includes base petrochemicals from steamcrackers and certain refinery processing plants – olefins (ethylene, propylene) C4 fractions and aromatics (benzene, toluene, xylene, styrene) – as well as the commodity polymers they produce (polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, elastomers).

Company Officers

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    Geoffroy Petit


    Petit was appointed CEO of Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. in March 2009 and has the additional title of vice president of Base Chemicals. He also serves as Country Representative of the 16 Total affiliates operating in the U.S. The Total U.S. affiliated companies have a combined workforce of over 7,000 people in the upstream, downstream and specialty chemicals industries. <br> Petit previously was responsible for Global Strategy and Services for Total Petrochemicals in Brussels, Belgium. He joined the company in 1984. <br> Petit is a member of the American Chemistry Council’s Board of Directors.

  • Bertrand de La Noue

    Chief Financial Officer

    Since December 2004 de La Noue has been the chief financial officer for Total Petrochemicals USA. Previously de La Noue was chief financial officer for Total France, the refining and marketing subsidiary of Total S.A. De La Noue joined the company in 1985 as area manager for Total Oil Great Britain. After several assignments in London, Paris and Tokyo in finance and trading activities, he returned to Paris in 1993 as investor relations manager of Total S.A. From 1996 to 1999 he was general manager information and planning of Total South Africa, based in Johannesburg.

  • Bernard Claude

    vice president of research and development

    Claude has been the president at Total Petrochemicals USA Inc. since February 2005 and served as its CEO from February 2005 to March 2009, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Claude served as president of Total Petrochemicals’ polyethylene business unit in Brussels, Belgium. Claude joined Total Petrochemicals in 1976 as a drilling and production engineer for upstream operations in Angola, the North Sea and Zaire.

Investor Information

For the latest financial reports, visit: http://www.total.com/en/finance/

Contact Information

  • Total Petrochemicals USA Inc.
  • 1201 Louisiana St., Ste. 1800
  • Houston, Texas 77002
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Total Petrochemicals USA's products fall into four categories: base chemicals, polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. Polyethylene is a plastic produced by the polymerisation of ethylene.
It is used in making cars, for packaging both industrial and consumer products, and to manufacture cables and pipes such as water and gas distribution pipes. In automobiles, polyethylene is used, for example, to make fuel tanks. Polypropylene is a plastic produced from the polymerisation of propylene and is used extensively in food packaging -- in the form of bags, trays, pots, bottles and closures -- and in the manufacture of crates. It is also used to produce woven textiles (sports clothing) and non-woven articles (hygiene products), carpets, rugs and artificial grass. As the basic material for car bumpers and dashboards, polypropylene helps improve vehicle performance. Polystyrene is a plastic produced by the polymerisation of styrene.It's used in food packaging, electronics, domestic appliances, audio-video equipment and thermal insulation in buildings. Total's base chemicals activities encompass petrochemicals , including base petrochemicals (the production of olefins and aromatics), polyethylene, polypropylene and styrenics, as well as fertilizers.