ExxonMobil has completed an expansion of its specialty elastomers manufacturing plant in Newport, Wales, which doubles the plant’s manufacturing capacity and increases global manufacturing capacity of SantopreneTM thermoplastic elastomers by 25 %.
“ExxonMobil’s high-performance plastics help make automotive and consumer products lighter, resulting in improved fuel efficiency and higher performance, compared with products made with traditional materials. This Newport investment doubles the site’s manufacturing capacity of higher-value products,” said Karen McKee, President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
SantopreneTM thermoplastic elastomers are engineered to perform like vulcanized rubber, and can be re-used and re-engineered, leading to reduced shipping weights, improved recycling capabilities and
more-sustainable manufacturing. ExxonMobil also manufactures SantopreneTM in Pensacola, Florida.
This announcement follows ExxonMobil’s recently announced plans to expand its Fawley refinery in the United Kingdom to increase production of ultra-low sulfur diesel by almost 45 %, or 38,000
barrels per day.