ExxonMobil’s focus on sustainable solutions at K 2022

Company's offerings include packaging, automotive, consumer products, agriculture, hygiene, and medical applications

Tough, high performance PE structures can be be used for a variety of applications Photo ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil will demonstrate sustainable solutions at the booths of machine manufacturers (OEM) and distributors at K2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

Sustainable solutions for the value chain differ by segment needs. ExxonMobil is focused on addressing those needs by utilizing our full performance polymers offering and our Exxtend technology for advanced recycling,” said David Hergenrether, vice-president for polyethylene at ExxonMobil.

Visitors should drop by ExxonMobil’s information hub (North Entrance #11) for full details and directions to all the demonstrations, which cover packaging, automotive, consumer products, agriculture, hygiene, and medical applications. 

There are at least 60 OEM collaborations at K2022.

Solutions made with certified circular polymers using Exxtend technology for advanced recycling of plastic waste, which can broaden the range of plastics that can be recycled, will be demonstrated. Certified circular polymers can deliver the same performance as virgin resins, which is critical if the value chain wants to use recycled content for sensitive applications such as food-grade packaging. 

Then there are solutions that enable mechanically recycled content to be incorporated, and even increased, because ExxonMobil performance polymers are used to maintain or boost performance.

Mono-material solutions, such as PE//PE laminates, which are designed for recyclability by reducing the number of components, including those often considered more difficult to recycle. 

Film formulations based on Exceed S performance polyethylene (PE) polymers which, by offering combinations of stiffness and toughness while being easy to process, enable converters to rethink film redesign for simpler solutions. Exceed S can help facilitate solutions with sustainability benefits by enhancing film performance, maintaining comparable performance at a thinner gauge, producing more durable mono-material film structures, or incorporating high percentages of recycled content.

Lubrication solutions that enhance the efficiency of hydraulic systems can lead to reduced energy consumption for both industrial and mobile equipment. ExxonMobil will showcase Mobil DTE 10 Excel Series, a hydraulic oil that allows up to a six percent increase in hydraulic pump efficiency, compared to standard hydraulic fluids. Long lubricant life helps minimize the need for waste oil disposal with the Mobil DTE 10 excel series, helping to extend oil change intervals and ensure clean systems.

ExxonMobil will introduce a product portfolio, including ExxonMobil PP grades, Vistamaxx performance polymers, and Exact plastomers, which has recently undergone rigorous certification for use in medical applications including syringes, springs, IV bags, and bottles.

K provides a unique opportunity for ExxonMobil to display and explain our full portfolio of solutions to take on the challenge of sustainability,” said Hergenrether. “Working with our customers and the value chain we can make a meaningful difference in the world.”

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