ExxonMobil: Capacity increase for Santoprene in Newport, Wales plant

ExxonMobil announced that it has completed an expansion of its specialty elastomers manufacturing plant in Newport, Wales, which doubles the plant’s manufacturing capacity and increases global manufacturing capacity of Santoprene TPE by 25 %.

“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. “This Newport investment doubles the site’s manufacturing capacity of higher-value products.”

The company said that the project created approximately 35 full-time production jobs and supported 130 jobs during construction. ExxonMobil also manufactures Santoprene in Pensacola, FL, USA. The announcement follows ExxonMobil’s recently announced plans to expand its Fawley refinery in the UK to increase production of ultra-low sulfur diesel by almost 45 %, or 38,000 barrels per day.