ExxonMobil announced today the start of construction on a multi-million dollar expansion of its Shanghai Technology Center. The announcement was made during a groundbreaking ceremony attended by ExxonMobil management, strategic performance polymers and lubricant customers, local officials and employees. The expansion includes a new, state-of-the-art research and development facility to support customer collaboration and growth.
"Asia, and in particular China, represents a strategic growth region for us," said Cindy Shulman, vice president of plastics and resins, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. "Having dedicated facilities where we can collaborate with our customers on the next generation of affordable, safe and sustainable performance applications is essential to creating innovations for packaging, automobiles, building and construction, and consumer goods that enhance people's lives everywhere."
Opened in 2011, the Shanghai Technology Center is a 27,000-square meter, full-service customer support center. It houses advanced analytical and testing laboratory equipment, commercial-scale product processing equipment for blown film extrusion, injection molding, profile extrusion and compounding, as well as tire testing capabilities. A state-of-the-art 7-layer cast film line is being added soon. The center also supports ExxonMobil's lubricants business through a combination of technical services, applications expertise, collaborative programs, training and marketing support.
"With our Asia Products Technology Center already in China, the new facility is a strong addition to ExxonMobil's global lubes technology network and helps us better serve our customers in the region," said Teoh Song-Ping, director of ExxonMobil's Asia Pacific lubricants sales. "This new facility provides us with the resources necessary for deeper collaboration with original equipment manufacturers across automotive and industrial sectors. Ultimately, this collaboration results in tangible benefits to our common customers and consumers."
The new facility, expected to be completed in early 2018, will include a large, multi-functional auditorium, training rooms and multiple meeting areas. The auditorium will also have its own dedicated reception area showcasing ExxonMobil's technology capabilities and leadership.
"Our global reach and expertise in end-use application technologies enable us to tailor innovative solutions that allow our customers to realize the full value of our products," said Dominic Clausi, vice president of global technology, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. "The new facility will play an important role in helping us add value to our customers' growth and success."
ExxonMobil breaks ground on multi-million dollar Shanghai Technology Center expansion