ExxonMobil: Launch of Rethink Recycle with Vistamaxx polymers

ExxonMobil has introduced Rethink Recycle with Vistamaxx polymers ― a proven, cost-effective solution that is said to allow increased recycled content utilisation for high-value applications ― at its K 2019 pavilion (FG10.1). Vistamaxx polymers act like a compatibiliser between polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in recycled content streams, enabling it to improve the properties of recycled content containing products.

Rethink Recycle with Vistamaxx polymers is a cost-effective solution that allows increased recycled content utilisation for high-value applications (Source: ExxonMobil)

“One of the main barriers to using recycled material is the need for costly and time-consuming separation of incompatible plastics,” said Beth Galvin, Solution Performance Plastics, Global Marketing Manager, ExxonMobil. “By allowing incompatible PE and PP plastics to mix in the melt, Vistamaxx performance polymers can reduce the need for separation. This provides manufacturers with the opportunity to produce higher-quality products, increase utilisation of recycled content, and access new alternate lower-cost raw material sources.”

According to ExxonMobil, using Vistamaxx polymers increases process consistency by enabling manufacturers to overcome variability in melt flow characteristics. The product can also tailor the melt flow of recycled content streams to meet the process needs of the end-use application. Introducing recycled content into products often reduces the toughness and tear resistance of products, but the addition of small amounts of Vistamaxx polymers enhances the toughness and tear resistance of end products, said the company.

Visitors can learn how the polymers are used in the Atando Cabos project to turn discarded fishing ropes into high-quality end products, while delivering environmental and business benefits.

Earlier in 2019, ExxonMobil announced it will more than double its global Vistamaxx polymers production capacity to meet growing global demand. Part of the Baytown Chemical Expansion Project (BCEP), the facility will be capable of producing advanced polymers that benefit a variety of high value applications. “This investment highlights ExxonMobil’s continued commitment to our customers with advanced technology and global supply,” said Bhaskar Venkatraman, ExxonMobil vice president, Polypropylene, Vistamaxx and Adhesions.


ExxonMobil at K 2019, FG hall 10 / 10.1