Commitment: Supporting product innovation, quality

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Success in tire manufacturing requires commitment to technology and process innovation, growth and reliable raw material supply.

ExxonMobil Chemical’s commitment to butyl rubber customers dates back more than 70 years and includes technological and manufacturing achievements made possible by continuous investment in the butyl rubber business. We understand the growth and technological needs of the tire industry and are responding with continued product and process innovation.

Recent examples of the company’s commitment include:

  • Introduction of Exxcore™ DVA resin: currently under development at ExxonMobil Chemical.  This next generation air barrier material is comprised of an innovative blend of polymers. 
  • Successful pilot-plant demonstration of next-generation halobutyl rubber, benefiting from nanocomposite technology, with the goal of doubling the number of tire applications that can be served from existing halobutyl capacity
  • Halobutyl rubber capacity expansions in Asia, most recently at Kashima, Japan, and an expansion (by 18,000 tons annually) now under way at the Japan Butyl Co. Ltd. (Kawasaki) plant
  • Signature of Heads of Agreement (HOA) between Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil Chemical in 2008 to progress detailed studies for a new elastomers project with the petrochemical joint ventures at Kemya and Yanpet (Saudi Arabia). The project would establish a domestic supply of over 400 KTA of carbon black, rubber and thermoplastic specialty polymers including butyl rubber, EPDM, TPO and SBR/PBR to supply local and international markets.

Read more about the company’s record of butyl rubber commitment and achievement.