Producing solutions for frontline professionals

ExxonMobil is maximizing its production of the high-performance polymers used to make face masks, surgical gowns and other critical medical supplies for those treating patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

The company’s plants around the world manufacture the building blocks for plastics, like polypropylene and polyethylene. Polypropylene is a specialized polymer that strengthens the medical face masks that help reduce the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens. As well as sponges, pads and wraps, polypropylene is also used in personal protective equipment, or PPE, including surgical gowns and shoe covers.

Polyethylene is used to manufacture breathable, soft-touch films used in the protective medical gowns that keep frontline medical staff safe and comfortable during long shifts.

More information on polymers, including product data sheets and gradeslates, and other innovative ExxonMobil Product Solutions healthcare solutions.

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