Ultrapar Holdings Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the petrochemicals industry. It distributes both bottled and bulk liquefied petroleum gas for residential, commercial, and industrial customers through a network of approximately 4,400 independent retailers, as well as its own retail stores. The company also distributes diesel, gasoline, ethanol, natural gas for vehicles, fuel oil, kerosene, lubricants, and greases through a network of approximately 6,086 service stations, as well as directly to customers. In addition, it produces and markets various chemical and petrochemical products, including ethylene oxide, ethylene glycols, ethanolamines, glycol ethers, and methyl-ethyl-ketone; and fatty-alcohols and related by-products, as well as specialty chemicals that are used as surfactants, softeners, dispersants, emulsifiers, and hydraulic fluids. These products are used in a range of industrial sectors, such as cosmetics, detergents, crop protection chemicals, polyester, packaging, textiles, coatings, and oil industry. Further, the company provides storage services for liquid bulk, including chemicals, fuels, and vegetable oil; and offers ship loading and unloading services, as well as engages in the operation of pipelines, logistics programming, and installation engineering. Additionally, Ultrapar Holdings Inc., through its investment in Refinaria de Petróleo Riograndense S.A., engages in oil refining. It has operations in Brazil, Latin America, North America, Europe, the Far East, and internationally. The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.