FDA-Compliant TPV bonds with engineering thermoplastics.

Press Release Summary:

Santoprene(TM) thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) B100 bonds with engineering thermoplastics such as ABS, polycarbonate, polystyrene, acrylic, acrylonitrile styrene acrylate, PET, and polyphenylene oxide/PS blends using cold insert, 2-shot injection or extrusion molding. Dishwasher- and microwave-safe, non-hygroscopic elastomer is compliant with FDA regulations for food/liquid contact and can reduce need for multiple-component assembly.

Original Press Release:

ExxonMobil Chemical Introduces a New Food Contact, FDA-Compliant, Santoprene(TM) TPV Which Bonds with ETPs

AKRON, Ohio--Sept. 20, 2006--ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced a new version of Santoprene(TM) thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) that complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for food contact and bonds with engineering thermoplastics (ETPs). The new grade is suitable for many types of applications which come into contact with food and liquids including kitchen utensils, cutlery, blenders and processing equipment, food storage containers, small kitchen appliances such as toasters, kettles and microwaves, and caps, seals and closures.

Santoprene TPV B100 is designed for excellent adhesion to acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC), polystyrene (PS), acrylic (PMMA), acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyphenylene oxide (PPO)/PS blends using cold insert, two-shot injection or extrusion molding. "There has been great interest expressed by our customers from around the world for a food contact compliant grade," said Seth Barron, Santoprene products global strategic market manager, consumer. "We have now completed the process so the product is FDA compliant. Santoprene TPV B100 is well suited for food contact applications where designers, processors and OEMs are looking to produce hard/soft material combinations without the need for adhesives."

Santoprene TPV B100 provides greater design flexibility and helps reduce the number of manufacturing steps. Because it adheres directly to ETPs during processing it can reduce the need for multiple-component assembly, improving product development cycle times and lowering system costs.

Dishwasher and microwave safe, FDA compliant Santoprene TPV B100 is a soft, non-hygroscopic elastomer which exhibits excellent surface appearance, a durable soft-touch feel, excellent colorability and excellent processability.

About Santoprene(TM) specialty products

Santoprene(TM) specialty products, produced by affiliates of ExxonMobil Chemical, are recyclable elastomers commonly used in appliance, automotive, consumer goods, plumbing, and other applications. ExxonMobil Chemical's Santoprene specialty products are the global leader in engineered TPEs, materials with the performance of rubber and the processing ease of plastic. Santoprene products are part of a broad portfolio of elastomers from ExxonMobil Chemical providing innovative elastomeric solutions combined with global support service in material selection, design, processing, and supply chain management, plastics technology, product quality and customer service with marketing operations in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information visit www.santoprene.com and www.exxonmobilchemical.com.

Note to Editors:

1. Santoprene is a trademark of an Exxon Mobil Corporation affiliate.

2. The term "ExxonMobil Chemical" refers collectively to some or all of the companies affiliated with Exxon Mobil Corporation which have chemical manufacturing and/or marketing operations around the world.

3. Further information on engineered thermoplastic elastomers and vulcanizates can be obtained from www.santoprene.com.

ExxonMobil Chemical
Craig Jensen, 330-849-5008
U.S. Media Line, 281-870-6607

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