The petrochemical company ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Houston, TX/USA, has responded rapidly to an initiative by the Nonwovens Institute (NWI), Raleigh, NC/USA, a long-standing partner since 2008, which was looking for polymers to fabricate specialty nonwovens fabrics used for personal protective equipment (PPE).
NWI is supplying the spunbond and meltblown nonwovens fabrics to manufacturers of medical masks, helping essential frontline medical workers get the PPE they need to stay protected against Covid-19. The nonwovens were produced at the NWI facilities on the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus.
From various inventories, ExxonMobil donated a combined total of 146,000 lb (66 tons) of ExxonMobil PP3155, Achieve Advanced PP6926G2 and Vistamaxx 8880 performance polymers to LINC, a non-profit affiliate of NWI located in Raleigh, NC/USA. Supply chain logistics required coordination with ExxonMobil’s branded distributor Channel Prime Alliance which handled delivery of the product. ExxonMobil also made several value chain introductions, connecting NWI with companies looking for high-quality nonwovens for PPE.