ExxonMobil Chemical Co. has opened its new ethylene elastomer plant in Baton Rouge.
The 200 million-pound-per-year-capacity facility will make the firm's soon-to-be commercialized Vistamaxx-brand specialty elastomers, as well as the existing Exact-brand plastomer and Vistalon-brand ethylene propylene diene monomer product lines. Market demand will decide how the plant's output is split between these products.
Initial applications for Vistamaxx, which is made with Exxpol-brand metallocene technology, are expected to be in cast films, fibers and in modifying thermoplastic polyolefins, officials said.
The project created more than 90 new jobs in Baton Rouge, where the company and its parent ExxonMobil Corp. have extensive chemical and refining operations.