ExxonMobil to increase Lillebonne PP compounding capacity

30 June 2009 15:43  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--ExxonMobil Chemical will increase polypropylene (PP) compounding capacity at its plant in Lillebonne, France, by 45,000 tonnes/year due to increased demand, the US producer said on Tuesday.

Capacity would be aimed at meeting growing demand for Exxtral performance polyolefins from automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), primarily in Europe, ExxonMobil said.

The expansion was due for completion by the end of this year. The company did not disclose the current capacity of the plant.

In January 2008, the company announced the start-up of a new $20m specialty compounding facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with an annual capacity of 40,000 tonnes/year.

Under an agreement announced in September 2008, Resin & Pigment Technologies in Singapore will manufacture a broad range of ExxonMobil Chemical’s specialty compounds, including Exxtral polyolefins, for use in automotive interior and exterior applications, the company said.

Exxtral polyolefins are used primarily for interior and under the hood automotive applications but are increasingly being specified for exterior applications.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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