ExxonMobil begins production at halobutyl rubber and resins plants in Singapore
ExxonMobil announced that it has started production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin and halobutyl rubber at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore. According to the company, the site is ExxonMobil's largest integrated refining and petrochemical complex in the world.
The new 140,000 t/y butyl plant will produce premium halobutyl rubber used by manufacturers of tyres that better maintain inflation to improve fuel economy. The new Escorez hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins plant will be the world’s largest with a capacity of 90,000 t/y, and will meet long-term demand growth for hot-melt adhesives used in packaging or baby diapers.
The start-up of these two new plants follows ExxonMobil’s earlier acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics production facilities in Singapore last year. The plants add 140 jobs to the company’s existing workforce of more than 2,500 at its Singapore manufacturing complex. ExxonMobil has more than 4,000 employees in Singapore.
“These new plants enhance the competitiveness and strategic importance of ExxonMobil’s integrated manufacturing facility in Singapore, and are part of the company’s long-term plan for advantaged investments around the world,” said John Verity, president of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
The new plants expand on ExxonMobil’s flexible steam cracking capability in Singapore, which provides a range of feedstocks for upgraded speciality products to meet growing long-term demand in Asia Pacific. The Singapore complex also includes a new cogeneration unit at the refinery, bringing the total cogeneration capacity of the site to over 440 megawatts, which will help reduce emissions and support more efficient use of energy, said the company.
“With these latest additions, we are well-positioned to serve customers in key Asian growth markets,” said Gan Seow Kee, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.