Vistamaxx specialty elastomer wins INDEX Innovation Award

April 21, 2008 - United States Of America

ExxonMobil Chemical’s Vistamaxx 2125 specialty elastomer has won the INDEX 08 Award for the category: "Raw materials or component - innovation in a raw material of special relevance to the nonwovens industry."

Recognizing the best examples of excellence in innovation in the nonwovens industry, the INDEX Awards are sponsored by the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA), the international association representing nonwovens and related industries.

The awards panel is comprised of industry experts from marketing, research and development, the media and academia. INDEX 08 took place in Geneva from April 15-18, 2008.

“We are delighted to have won this award. For Vistamaxx specialty elastomers to have been acknowledged by the industry in this way is a wonderful accolade,” said Simon Holmes, global marketing manager, specialty elastomers, ExxonMobil Chemical.

“It is another demonstration of the impact that Vistamaxx specialty elastomers are having on the nonwovens industry, opening up new opportunities for creative converters and fabricators to further the growth and value of nonwovens.”

Vistamaxx specialty elastomers are being used in a growing range of nonwoven applications including hygiene absorbent products, medical, filtration and industrial because of their versatile benefits and product qualities.

These include good elasticity, toughness, the ability to bond easily with other materials for advanced processing, design flexibility, and a high coefficient of friction for slip resistant applications.

By using Vistamaxx specialty elastomers, nonwovens producers are able to make an elastic fabric in a single step using a variety of spunbond equipment. In the past, this was possible only in a multistep process.

Eliminating steps in the process can reduce total system cost while achieving the required performance. Vistamaxx specialty elastomers also allow increased capability in multi-beam processing lines to include elasticity in multi-layer fabrics.

Since the launch at INDEX 05, Vistamaxx specialty elastomers are now proving their ability to provide elasticity to nonwoven fabrics at a lower cost.

To support growth in demand for Vistamaxx specialty elastomers, ExxonMobil Chemical announced in September 2007 that it will proceed with a second world-scale steam cracker complex in Singapore, which will include a 300,000 tons-per-year specialty elastomers unit.

ExxonMobil Chemical, a global technology leader in the nonwovens industry for over 40 years, also provides a broad portfolio of polypropylene (PP) solutions for nonwoven applications including ExxonMobil SFT315 polypropylene, ExxonMobil PP3155 polypropylene, Achieve 3854 polypropylene and its meltblown grades.