US-based ExxonMobil has completed expansion of its specialty elastomers plant in Newport, Wales.
The project has effectively doubled the plant’s manufacturing capacity and increased global manufacturing capacity of the Santoprene thermoplastic elastomers by 25%.
Santoprene is engineered to perform like vulcanized rubber. It can be re-used and re-engineered, leading to reduced shipping weights, improved recycling capabilities and sustainable manufacturing.
The project created about 35 full-time production jobs. ExxonMobil also manufactures Santoprene in Pensacola, Florida.
“ExxonMobil’s high-performance plastics help make automotive and consumer products lighter, resulting in improved fuel efficiency and higher performance, compared with products made with traditional materials,” said Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
The announcement follows news that ExxonMobil is planning to expand production of ultra-low sulphur diesel at its refinery in Fawley, Hampshire, by 38,000 barrels per day (+45%).