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Technology overview  

ExxonMobil Chemical's technological achievements have enriched the lives of people everywhere. Since 1920, these breakthroughs have contributed to a foundation for innovation that is stronger than ever.

Among the many highlights:

  • 1937 – First butyl rubber produced
  • 1940s – Pioneered liquid feedstock steam cracking
  • 1968 – DINP (Diisononyl phthalate) plasticizer commercialized
  • 1980 – First ethylbenzene process using zeolite catalyst
  • 1989 – ExxonMobil Chemical’s proprietary metallocene catalyst technology introduced
  • 1991 – First commercial metallocene polyolefin
  • 2000 – XyMax™ process technology for xylene isomerization technology commercialized
  • 2002 – Largest film orienter line in Europe unveiled
  • 2011 – The Shanghai Technology Center opened

Better products, brighter future

Our focus on developing new products with environmentally preferred characteristics has led to recent advances that span many chemical families and end uses.

  • Enable™ performance PE polymers offer the potential to significantly reduce waste and energy consumption across a broad spectrum of film applications.
  • Proprietary catalyst hydrogenation technology led to the introduction of Ultra-Low Aromatic (ULA) hydrocarbon fluids that help comply with the most stringent environmental and regulatory requirements.

Technology licensing

Some ExxonMobil Chemical technologies are available for license for petrochemical processes ranging from aromatics (xylene and alkylation) to olefins and polymers. We license premier, well-engineered technology solutions that provide safety, reliability and margin improvements.

All of these technologies are available for licensing through ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing, LLC. Some of our technologies are available through joint ventures such as Badger Licensing LLC with Technip, which offers licensing for premier alkylation technologies. Details on our licensing alliances with KBR (olefins) and Axens (xylenes) can be found at ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing, LLC.


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