Energy & health care supply chain: Working together to help protect nurses, doctors and patients

Heads or tails, each side of the same coin is completely different – but impossible to separate.

With healthcare and energy, two distinct industries, the former couldn’t exist in its current form without the latter. Every day, researchers and scientists at ExxonMobil transform oil and natural gas the company produces into essential solutions for the health care industry.

The company’s petrochemical complexes around the world are manufacturing the building blocks for plastics and polymers, like polypropylene.

This specialised polymer – which is also produced at ExxonMobil’s Singapore Chemical Plant on Jurong Island – helps to improve medical face masks that aid in reducing the spread of diseases like COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens.  In addition to pads and wraps, polypropylene is also used in personal protective equipment, or PPE, including surgical gowns and shoe covers.

During the pandemic, ExxonMobil’s AP Chemical Technology team also made use of its VistamaxxTM performance polymer to make the elastic ear loops for masks more comfortable when worn for an extended period of time. This product is also made at ExxonMobil’s manufacturing facility in Singapore.

Globally, the healthcare supply chain is also supported where ExxonMobil adds feedstocks to create iso-propyl alcohol (IPA), which can be used in sanitizers.

IPA and performance polymers are essential solutions that support crucial health care needs.

Energy and health care are two sides of the same coin working together for a better, healthier outcome.


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