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Flooring, Carpet and Artificial turf

The flooring industry continuously needs to balance product innovation with meeting stringent performance requirements. Current market demands require improved durability, cost competitiveness, and protection of indoor air quality. Flooring brand-owners are looking for innovative ways to enable end-of-product-life recycling and incorporate more recycled content in product designs to help meet their sustainability objectives.
 

ExxonMobil has developed a wide range of market leading solutions for today’s demanding resilient flooring and carpet backing applications using our newest performance polymers and plasticizers.

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Flooring solutions


Resilient flooring

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Polyolefin resilient flooring

Leveraging our product portfolio, formulation expertise and collaborative development approach, polyolefin-based solutions for Luxury Polymer Tiles or LPT are now within reach. Compounded blends of polypropylene (PP), Vistamaxx™ performance polymers and filler, are customized to meet brand owner requirements.
 
Recommended solutions for polyolefin resilient flooring  
Vistamaxx™ performance polymers are highly flexible propylene-based elastomers that can tolerate high filler loading while upholding toughness and are compatible with other polyolefin materials.
 
  • Ability to customize formulation to meet performance requirements
  • Can help prevent breakage by reducing brittleness compared to highly filled polyolefinic formulations without Vistamaxx™ polymers
  • Enables the potential for flooring recyclability* and incorporation of recycled content
  • Allows high levels of filler loading while maintaining flexibility which can offer potential cost savings
Choose from a full range of ExxonMobil polypropylene products to help meet stiffness and hardness requirements.
 
*Recyclable in communities with programs and facilities in place that collect and recycle Polyolefin based flooring.
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PVC based resilient flooring

Jayflex™ plasticizers offer excellent performance and good processing characteristics in resilient flooring, vinyl-backed carpet tiles and vinyl composition tiles.
 
  • Low specific gravity and low volatility
  • Good permanence and resistance to soapy water extraction
  • Secondary plasticizers can offer potential cost savings and contribute to the viscosity and processability of your plastisol blends
  • Opportunity for partial reduction or total elimination of traditional solvents that could otherwise contribute to volatile organic compounds
  • Opportunity to replace low molecular weight phthalate plasticizer
  • Filler can be used to offer potential cost savings
Recommended solutions for PVC based resilient flooring

Carpet tiles

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Secondary backing of carpet tiles

Builder ambitions to obtain green building certifications have contributed to the success of polyolefin-based carpet tile backings, which can offer recyclability* and help to protect indoor air quality through low VOCs.

Vistamaxx™ performance polymers come in a wide range of viscosities that can help brand owners and manufacturers optimize formulations based on processing and performance needs. Proven solutions exist for both extrusion coating equipment and low shear (bitumen) systems.
 
Recommended solution for extrusion coating equipment
Compounds based on high viscosity Vistamaxx™ performance polymers with filler loading capabilities up to 75%.
 
  • Potential cost savings due to high filler loading capability
  • Offer recyclable* backing: scrap produced during carpet tile manufacturing offer the potential to be recycled back into the manufacturing process, end of life backings offer the potential to be recycled and incorporated into new tile production
  • Carpet tiles offer the potential to achieve various sustainability certifications for flooring
  • Excellent flexibility for low doming and curling
  • Excellent extrusion processability
Recommended solution for low shear coating equipment (bitumen alternative)
Low viscosity compounds using high shear mixer or extrusion system. Compounds based on Vistamaxx™ performance polymers with high levels of filler to help balance cost and performance.
 
  • Offer recyclable* backing: scrap produced during carpet tile manufacturing offer the potential to be recycled back into the manufacturing process, end of life backings offer the potential to be recycled and incorporated into new tile production
  • Help to achieve indoor air quality certifications through low VOCs
  • Filler can be used to offer potential cost savings
  • Carpet tiles offer the potential to achieve various sustainability certifications for flooring
  • Processing polyolefins may require adjustments to your existing process
*Recyclable in communities with programs and facilities in place that collect and recycle Polyolefin based flooring.
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Carpet precoat (latex alternative)

In response to market demands for recyclability and durable alternatives to latex, ExxonMobil has developed polyolefin-based options for carpet precoat systems in carpet tiles, doormats, artificial grass, broadloom or automotive carpets.

 
Recommended solution for latex alternative pre-coat
Low viscosity Vistamaxx™ performance polymers enable development of polyolefin-based alternatives to latex pre-coat systems. Processing polyolefins may require adjustments to your existing process.
 
  • Applied in hot molten state: no curing oven or post-drying required
  • High flow enabling good tuft and fiber binding
  • Potential to develop low VOC pre-coat systems
  • No addition of biocides required
  • Moisture & crumbling resistant

Dirt mats

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Household and industrial dirt mats

ExxonMobil has developed polyolefin-based backing solutions for household mats such as dirt trapper doormats. These solutions can provide brand owners with an alternative backing to PVC or rubber.
 
Recommended solution for household and industrial dirt mats
Compounds based on Vistamaxx™ performance polymers and using filler to help balance cost while retaining product flexibility.
 
  • Offer recyclable* backing: scrap produced during carpet tile manufacturing offer the potential to be recycled back into the manufacturing process
  • Filler can be used to offer potential cost savings
  • Formulations can be customized to deliver antislip properties
  • Processing polyolefins may require adjustments to your existing process
*Recyclable in communities with programs and facilities in place that collect and recycle Polyolefin based flooring.

Automotive carpets

Carpet car mat

Automotive sound deadening mats

For advanced auto interior floor products, car producers seek to balance optimal acoustic performance while reducing vehicle weight. Sound deadening parts need to perfectly fit the body work and sound-absorbing capacity is tailored to the specific need at each location of the vehicle.
  
Recommended solution for automotive sound deadening mats
Vistamaxx™ performance polymers are a proven solution for highly filled sound deadening compounds that enhance flow characteristics in applications such as injection molding.
 
  • Support to achieve requirements for low fogging, odor and VOCs
  • Highly filled formulations which can help to balance performance and cost
  • Improves flexibility to enhance crack resistance
  • Wide range of viscosities available for a wide processing
  • Excellent adhesion to nonwoven or tufted carpets
Exact™ plastomers for sound deadening compounds provide excellent crack resistance at low temperature (~ -20dC to -40dC).

Artificial turf

ExxonMobil solution in artificial turf precoat and grass yarn

Artificial grass yarn and artificial turf precoat

Artificial turf surfaces are used around the globe in sports, leisure and landscaping applications. The increasing adoption is driven by a range of advantages compared to natural turf surfaces, such as the potential for reduced maintenance, higher usage rates and lower dependence on climatic and weather conditions.  
 
A key component of artificial turf surfaces is the grass yarn which is typically made from polyethylene-based materials and has to fulfill demanding requirements regarding mechanical and aging properties. ExxonMobil Performance Polyethylene resins are established raw materials used in the production of artificial grass in both monofilament and fibrillated yarn type for highly demanding sports surfaces as well as leisure and landscaping end-uses.  
 
Recommended solution for artificial grass yarn
ExxonMobil Performance Polymer portfolio contains a variety of tools to tailor end-use properties of artificial turf surfaces. Exceed™ performance polyethylene deliver excellent processability, resilience and wear resistance/durability.
 
Exceed™ XP performance polyethylene and Exceed™ S performance polyethylene are innovative solutions providing processability, resilience and wear resistance, as well as options for high performance blends competitive with plastomer-based solutions.  
 
Recommended solution for artificial turf precoat
Low viscosity Vistamaxx™ performance polymers enable development of polyolefin-based alternatives to latex pre-coat systems. Processing polyolefins may require adjustments to your existing process.
 

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