Leadership: From invention of butyl rubber to advanced tire innerliner technologies

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Ever since patenting butyl rubber in 1937, ExxonMobil Chemical has been at the forefront of tire and industry innovations. Today that leadership position enables you to benefit from advanced innerliner technologies and supply reliability to support your sustainable business growth.

Advanced tire innerliner technologies bring tire manufacturers the potential to introduce tires that weigh less and retain air better to improve fuel economy, handling and durability.

Leadership also means a long-term commitment to reliable supply to support industry growth. We have world-class halobutyl rubber production facilities that are among the most efficient in the world. We are committed to meeting industry demand through new production facilities, capacity expansions and product innovations. Examples include:

  • Production facility expansions in all regions of the world, increasing our nameplate halobutyl capacity by 105% since 1995
  • The development of next-generation halobutyl rubber, that benefits from the use of nanocomposite technology
  • 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.

Leadership is also about dependable product quality and continuous improvements to support trouble-free operations among tire manufacturers. No wonder customer satisfaction surveys rank ExxonMobil Chemical a preferred butyl supplier with consistent quality and reliable supply.