16 October 2007
16 October 2007
ExxonMobil Chemical Company has formed a new specialty compounds and composites business to focus on the development, production and marketing of engineered polyolefin compounds.
“The creation of the new business is a significant step in ExxonMobil Chemical’s global specialty products strategy and reflects its commitment to provide high performance and cost-effective polyolefinic solutions,” said Jim McKinley, global specialty compounding manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. “A global team of application and development experts has been established to work with industry leaders to introduce products more quickly and effectively into new and existing applications.”
The business portfolio includes a new line of ExxonMobil Performance Polyolefins for automotive applications. Products range from soft and flexible compounds to reinforced composites, made possible by ExxonMobil's wide range of polypropylene, polyethylene, and elastomer base polymers.
“ExxonMobil Chemical is committed to ongoing investment in technology and leading-edge compounding facilities,” McKinley said. “We are excited about this opportunity to better serve our customers in established and high growth markets, such as India and China, with a unique portfolio of engineered thermoplastic products.”
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).