Chinaplas 2023: ExxonMobil targets Chinese processors with portfolio of sustainable solutions

US materials firm ExxonMobil, with a focus on serving the fast-growing market in China, is progressing a world-scale chemical complex with a 1.6 million-tonne/year flexible feed steam cracker and more than 2.5 million tonnes/year high performance PE and PP units in HuiZhou, GuangDong Province.

The company also recently celebrated the key milestones of lifting the project towers and ground-breaking at the Dayawan Technology Centre (DTC). DTC will be ExxonMobil’s fifth global technology centre and the first comprehensive technology centre equipped with a pilot plant outside of North America, integrating product R&D and process development.

To serve the Chinese market further, the company will demonstrate a host of products at its Chinaplas 2023 Booth 17J61 and at the booths of machine manufacturers (OEMs).

Solutions with sustainability benefits will be featured that highlight the use of Exceed S performance PE, ExxonMobil PP, Achieve Advanced PP, Vistamaxx performance polymers, and Exxtend technology for advanced recycling of plastic waste in a broad range of applications including packaging, hygiene, automotive, agriculture, building and construction, and consumer products.

Some of the solutions produced with sustainability benefits through collaborations include:

  • Downgauged solutions that can do more with less by reducing material use while helping to maintain or boost performance using ExxonMobil performance polymers. Samples will include downgauged air tube bags.

  • Solutions designed for recyclability by reducing the number of components, including those often considered more difficult to mechanically recycle. Samples will include:
  • - Mono-material full PE stand-up pouches (SUP); full PE laundry seed packaging; and thermoformed packaging containing no polyamides.
    - An electric vehicle (EV) neat resin pillar.
    - Resilient luxury polyolefin tile (LPT) flooring; thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) carpet tiles; and PE raised temperature resistant (PE-RT) pipe.

  • Solutions that help enable mechanically recycled content to be incorporated, and even increased, because ExxonMobil says its performance polymers are used to help maintain or boost performance. Samples will include:
  • - Heavy duty sacks (HDS), trash liners and courier bags that incorporate recycled PE content.
    Mobil lubricant bottles that incorporate recycled HDPE content that has been modified with Vistamaxx that can help enhance bottle durability.
    - Mini suitcases incorporating Vistamaxx and recycled PP content.

  • Solutions made with ISCC PLUS certified-circular polymers through mass balance allocation that leverage Exxtend technology for advanced recycling of plastic waste, which can help broaden the range of plastic waste that can be recycled. Certified-circular polymers can deliver the same performance as virgin resins, which are critical if the value chain wants to use these materials in sensitive applications like food packaging.

Also being featured is ExxonMobil’s new Exceed S performance PE that can offer combinations of stiffness and toughness while being easy to process, enabling converters to rethink film redesign for simpler solutions. Exceed S can help facilitate solutions with sustainability benefits by enhancing film performance, maintaining comparable performance at a thinner gauge, producing more durable mono-material film structures, or enabling the incorporation of high percentages of recycled content.

Demonstrating how Exceed S can deliver “so much, so simply”, Nordmeccanica (Booth 1B15) will run a PE// PE pillow pouch made with Exceed S; and Haboshi (Booth 2S41) will run a downgauged HDS made with Exceed S.

For the first time in China, ExxonMobil will also introduce an Exact plastomer medical grade, which complies with a number of regulatory requirements for use in a variety of medical applications including syringes, IV bags and bottles.

Several medical product samples will be showcased, while Borche (Booth 12J31) will run medical pipette tips made with ExxonMobil PP6014MED, a medical compliant homo-polymer PP grade.


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