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Milliken Chemical
Founded 1865
Founder Seth Milliken & William Deering
Headquarters Spartanburg, USA
Key people
J. Harold Chandler (CEO)
Number of employees
7,000 (2011)

Company Profile

Milliken Chemical is a division of Milliken & Company, one of the largest global textile and chemical producers. The headquarters are located in Spartanburg, USA.

Milliken Chemical researches, formulates and manufactures polypropylene additives and specially designed colorants. The aim of Milliken Chemical‘s research and development is to generate cost savings for their customers through faster production and reduced energy usage.

Milliken Chemical supplies performance additives and chemicals to customers around the world.

Products / Technology

  • UV Absorber
  • Polypropylene Colorant
  • Pigment & Additive Dispersions
  • Nucleating Agents
  • Clarifying Agents
  • Portion Control Packaging
  • Polymeric Colorant


The company was founded, starting as a textile wholesaler in 1865, quickly turning to a textiel manufacturer. Milliken became one of the first textile companies to realize the potential of man-made fibre and Milliken Research was launched in 1945, followed by Milliken Chemical in 1957. With the combination of textiles and chemicals, Milliken was able to establish themselves as an industry leader in manufacturing and knowledgable innovation.


PETplanet Insider Articles

Issue 09 / 2022: Circularity through plastics additives
Issue 12 / 2021: Milliken’s additive solutions boost recycling & the circular economy
Issue 10 / 2019: Colour, care, clarity and performance
Issue 10 / 2019: Milliken invests in Asia with new manufacturing facility in Singapore
Issue 09 / 2017: UV absorbers for clear, transparent PET bottles
Issue 06 / 2017: UV protected PET packaging
Issue 01 / 2015: Milliken & W R Grace launch next-generation catalyst and additive technologies
Issue 09 / 2013: Additive for PE Caps
Issue 04 / 2011: Clarifying and nucleating agents for caps and closures
Issue 03 / 2008: Milliken breakthrough in clear PP

External links

Milliken Chemical Website
Milliken Corporate Website