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March 28, 2014

ExxonMobil opens new plant for metallocene-based polyalphaolefins

Mary Page Bailey

ExxonMobil Chemical Co. (Houston; www.exxonmobilchemical.com) has announced the opening of its world-scale manufacturing facility that will enable the company to produce up to 50,000 tons per year of SpectraSyn Elite metallocene polyalphaolefin (mPAO) synthetic lubricant base stocks at its integrated refining and chemical complex in Baytown, Tex.
 
Developed using a proprietary metallocene catalyst process, SpectraSyn Elite mPAO base stocks are designed to improve performance characteristics versus conventional PAO base stocks. These attributes include higher viscosity index, improved shear stability and enhanced low-temperature properties. SpectraSyn Elite mPAO can help formulators manufacture automotive and industrial finished lubricants that offer greater durability, enhanced energy efficiency and extended drain intervals.

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