HOUSTON (Feb. 15)—ExxonMobil Chemical Co. is expanding capacity for Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate at its Pensacola, Fla., plant, to satisfy what it calls increasing demand for the material.
The expansion, for which no output or investment details were disclosed, should be operational by mid-2006.
"This expansion demonstrates ExxonMobil Chemical's ongoing commitment to the elastomers business," said Mary Ahner, vice president, ethylene elastomers. "It allows us to meet the growing demand for these innovative, high-quality products."
Santoprene TPVs are made in Pensacola; Newport, South Wales; and Wadsworth, Ohio, and marketed by ExxonMobil Chemical's affiliate, Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P. Total annual capacity for the material is listed as 170 million pounds.
ExxonMobil Chemical took over sole responsibility for Santoprene in mid-2002, purchasing the 50-percent share in AES then owned by Solutia Inc. Santoprene TPV is a recyclable elastomer commonly used in the appliance, automotive, construction, consumer goods, electrical, fluid delivery and medical industries.
The Pensacola plant started operations in 1986 and was last expanded in 1995.