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ExxonMobil welcomes new base stock

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ExxonMobil has announced the expansion of its global slate of EHCTM base stocks with the introduction of EHCTM 120, a heavy neutral Group II base stock. EHC 120 will soon be available in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME), and in Baytown, Texas, US, for distribution in North and South America.

Designed to meet the evolving demands of the global base stocks industry, the company’s EHC 120 expands the EHC Group II slate. By increasing formulation coverage capabilities, the EHC slate is optimal for cost-effective blending of the majority of lubricant applications, including those within the automotive, heavy-duty and industrial sectors.

The company will begin production at its Rotterdam refinery, following the completion of its hydrocracker expansion project. Startup in Rotterdam is on track for 4Q18, with full commercialisation of EHC 120 targeted for the 1Q19. The company also confirmed its capability to produce EHC 120 in Baytown, Texas, with availability to customers expected in 2019.

ExxonMobil’s EHC slate already includes EHC 110, a heavy neutral base stock for the Asia-Pacific (AP) market, and three light-to-medium neutrals – EHC 45 and EHC 65 (available in the Americas) and EHC 50 (for AP and soon for EAME).

Collaborative work with additive companies during the project pre-marketing period will allow ExxonMobil customers to take full advantage of Rotterdam’s products EHC 50 and EHC 120 as soon as they are commercialised. These approvals include lubricant formulations that comply with the latest industry specifications (e.g. ACEA 16, API CK4/FA4, etc.).

“As part of our ongoing efforts to grow our Group II manufacturing, we are excited to officially announce the addition of EHC 120 and offer our valued customers high-performance, heavy neutral and light neutral base stocks in three key continents,” said Ted Walko, Global Basestocks and Specialties Marketing Manager. “Our EHC Group II base stocks provide a robust set of benefits, and, our newly expanded offering will help formulators further streamline their base stock operations. We’re confident our EHC Group II base stocks are well-positioned to serve as the products of choice for lubricant formulators challenged to meet a wide range of stringent technical requirements, with a single base stock slate.”

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