ExxonMobil Chemical, a leading global supplier of metallocene poly alpha olefin (mPAO) based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., said that the SpectraSyn Elite™ 300, which was launched in China in May, has been well received by its Chinese customers.
In addition to 300 cSt, SpectraSyn Elite is also available in lighter viscosity grades, such as 65 cSt and 150 cSt. Developed using a proprietary metallocene catalyst process, all grades of SpectraSyn Elite mPAO base stocks are scientifically engineered to offer improved performance characteristics versus conventional PAO base stocks.
The Chinese market is being supplied from ExxonMobil Chemical’s only mPAO plant in Baytown, Texas, which was built in 2013 and completed in 2014, according to Jack Hazel, synthetics global marketing development manager for ExxonMobil Chemical. The plant is currently capable of producing up to 50 thousand tons of SpectraSyn Elite mPAO annually.
ExxonMobil Chemical is the only mPAO supplier which offers 300 cSt mPAO, the company said. Offering enhanced film thickness, combined with a unique balance of shear stability versus low-temperature performance, SpectraSyn Elite 300 provides formulators with even greater flexibility to develop innovative lubricants, the company said.
Brad Rinderknecht, synthetics global marketing manager for ExxonMobil Chemical said that SpectraSyn Elite 300 was developed “in response to growing global demand for mPAO base stocks and to offer even greater flexibility to lubricant formulators worldwide.”
“Some people are using it as a basestock or as a co-basestock,” said David Vargas, synthetics global sales manager for ExxonMobil Chemical.
ExxonMobil Chemical sees growing in-country blending and packaging of high-quality synthetic lubricants in China today, Rinderknecht said.
“For the longest time, there wasn’t a lot of blending of high-value synthetics in China. Most were importing finished products. We are now seeing a lot more in-country blending and packaging in China,” he said.