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Vistamaxx grades meet needs of processors of melt-blown nonwovens

ExxonMobil Chemical Co : 20 October, 2004  (New Product)
ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced high melt-flow-rate (MFR) grades of Vistamaxx speciality elastomers that are designed to meet the needs of nonwovens converters using melt-blown technology.
ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced high melt-flow-rate (MFR) grades of Vistamaxx speciality elastomers that are designed to meet the needs of nonwovens converters using melt-blown technology.

Vistamaxx is derived from the company's Exxpol metallocene catalyst technology and polymerization processes.

'When we introduced Vistamaxx speciality elastomers in June 2003, we said it would be the launching pad for a wide range of products to serve film and nonwovens converters, polymer modifiers and others,' said George Racine, Market Development Manager, Ethylene Elastomers, ExxonMobil Chemical. 'Today's announcement demonstrates the depth and breadth of the Vistamaxx platform.'

Since the successful start up of its new metallocene elastomer plant in February 2004, ExxonMobil Chemical has produced and sold commercial quantities of Vistamaxx. Numerous customers in North America, Europe and Asia, including nonwovens producers, are assessing Vistamaxx speciality elastomers across a wide range of applications.

'Vistamaxx is unlike any other polymer or blend of polymers,' Racine said. 'We have encouraged developers to explore its potential to help them produce next-generation solutions. In addition to being compatible with a wide variety of polymers, Vistamaxx products can improve the elasticity, softness, adhesion, strength and durability of customers' products.'

Elasticity is the Vistamaxx characteristic that's most intriguing to nonwovens producers, Racine said. 'There are unmet industry needs for cost-effective elasticity in nonwovens fabrics. As a result, we have had a lot of interest in Vistamaxx from both converters and end users, especially in the hygiene market.'

Recognition of the special processing needs of melt-blown processors and intense interest from those customers convinced the company to make high-MFR grades the first addition to the Vistamaxx line. These new grades are currently available to customers for development work, and are expected to be available commercially before the end of the year.

Vistamaxx products are produced at ExxonMobil Chemical's new facility in Baton Rouge. The plant enables the company to manufacture products ranging from amorphous elastomers to plastic-like polymers with varying molecular weights and composition.

'We have completed multiple commercial runs of Vistamaxx products,' said Hans VanBrackle, Global Technology Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Ethylene Elastomers. 'In addition to demonstrating full commercial production capability, we are showing the excellent product quality control that customers expect.'

ExxonMobil Chemical representatives will be discussing Vistamaxx speciality elastomers in Hall 6, Stand Number D11 at K 2004 in Duesseldorf, Germany.
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