Asia’s love of cars has evolved into one of the hottest markets in the world, and as that trend matures, so too will the technology driving new efficiencies.
In fact, through 2040, the region will see the largest growth in access to cars and light duty vehicles, driving a huge demand not just in the fuel pumped into their tanks, but also the materials to produce them. And, as those new vehicles roll off the assembly line and into the dealerships, they will benefit from new efficiencies that allow them to consume less fuel and produce fewer emissions.
These vehicles are the result of a thriving manufacturing ecosystem that itself is producing new materials and fuels more efficiently every day. In Singapore, for example, ExxonMobil’s integrated refining and chemical complex continues to ramp up production to meet those demands while also reducing energy use. Between 2002 and 2016, the complex cut its energy use by 25 percent.
Those improvements are playing out too on the road. The Singapore complex produces top-performing plastics that make cars lighter which therefore, cuts down on emissions and fuel use. The butyl rubber that is produced is used to manufacture lighter tires that retain air better, which helps improve overall fuel economy.
Meanwhile, the refinery’s diesel hydrotreater can produce up to 10 million liters of diesel that meets ultra-low sulfur specifications and new technology rollout continues to improve clean fuel production.
In all, ExxonMobil’s Singapore complex is an industrial might that is helping consumers and motorists in Asia, kick the tires, get more out of their cars and explore new horizons with greater efficiency.