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Methanol S.p.A. is a company that specialises in the distribution of methanol, organic and inorganic chemical products. 
The core business of Methanol S.p.A. concerns the distribution of methyl alcohol (methanol) produced by the Methanex Corporation Canada. Methanex is the world’s largest supplier of methanol, with plants situated in Canada, USA, Chile, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand and Egypt, and has a fleet of ocean-going tankers designed to transport methanol. 

The commercial expertise of the company is backed up by a profound know-how of logistics and associated services which makes it possible to move large volumes of liquid and solid products by road, rail or sea. All the activities of Methanol S.p.A. are carried out in accordance with the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System with significant attention devoted to safety and the environment.


Methanol is an essential ingredient for the production of hundreds of industrial and everyday consumer items.

Methanol has numerous uses. In the energy sector it is mixed with gasoline as a fuel for marine engines, as well as being used to produce dimethyl ether and biodiesel. In the chemicals industry, methanol is the raw material required to produce acetic acid, formaldehyde, Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), Dimethyl ether or Dimethoxyethane (DME), as well as numerous other goods. One of the most modern uses is the Methanol-to-Olefin process (MTO) which replicates the refinery process, starting from methanol rather than oil. All these uses make methanol an essential raw material with ongoing development. 

Methanol is an essential ingredient used to produce hundreds of industrial products and consumer items. It is a feedstock, in other words a basic component employed in the production of formaldehyde and acetic acid which are essential products in the plastics, paint, glue and chemicals-pharmaceuticals industries. Methanol is also used increasingly frequently in new applications such as the denitrification of waste water and the production of Olefin or methanol- olefin (MTO).  
Methanol is also an alternative source of energy. 45% of the world’s methanol is used in applications linked to energy such as biodiesel, gasoline blends and fuel cells. In particular in the maritime sector, methanol provides a cheap and safe alternative fuel that can respect increasingly strict emissions standards. Methanol is also widely used in fuels for road vehicles and domestic heating, through by-products such as methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) demethyl ether (DME). Methanol significantly reduces emissions of sulphur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter.  
In nature methanol is a substance that is naturally present but does not accumulate in the cells of plants and animals. It is a liquid that evaporates easily when exposed to air and is easily biodegradable. It dissolves completely when mixed with water, where it disperses rapidly or breaks down into microrganisms that are present in nature. 

Reduced risks during
all phases of the life cycle
  • Development
  • Introduction
  • Production
  • Transport
  • Storage
  • Handling
  • Distribution
  • Use
  • Disposal

Responsibile Care

The Responsible Care project provides the cultural basis for Methanol Spa’s commitment to safeguarding health, safety, the community and the environment. 

The potential risks to people and the environment can be managed and minimised during the entire life cycle of methanol. The Methanex Corporation’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact, using only the company’s own fleet of ships powered by methanol-fuelled engines, is fully in line with this approach. For further information about Methanex’s Responsible Care project, visit the website 
To read the entire Code of Business Conduct of Methanol Spa, download the document by pressing the download button.



Methanol is transported by sea and arrives in Italy at the port of Livorno (Leghorn), where it is stored in the warehouses of Neri Depositi Costieri S.p.A., a leading Italian logistics company that has operated in the maritime sector since 1895.

From the tanks at the port of Livorno, the methanol is delivered to end users by means of specially equipped cisterns. All the logistical phases, from quality control and load safety, to unloading tankers and storage in warehouses, as well as the cleaning and disinfection procedures of the cisterns used for transport purposes, are carefully monitored by our Surveyors.

Quality and services

The quality of methanol, its permanent availability and the high degree of professionalism of the service provided, ensure that Methanol S.p.A. has been the perfect choice for its clients for many years.

As proof of this, the company uses the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. Clients in the pharmaceuticals sector are guaranteed all the strict controls required to ensure compliance with the standards of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.).

Sectors in
which we operate

As well as its involvement in the distribution of methanol, Methanol S.p.A. also supplies other chemical products for the sectors listed below. For further information on this subject, please contact our Milan office.

  • paints
  • varnishes
  • inks
  • adhesives
  • pharmaceuticals
  • cosmetics
  • foods
  • paper-making
  • ceramics
  • glass-making
  • weaving
  • tanning
  • detergents
  • electroplating
  • electronics
  • metal surface treatment
  • water treatment
  • plastic materials
  • rubber
  • polyurethanes
  • Methanol
  • Methanol
  • Responsibile Care
  • Logistics
  • Quality and services
  • Sectors inwhich we operate