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Demand for chemicals grows

Demand for auto parts, housing materials, electronics and other products made from plastics and other petrochemicals continues to grow. Rising U.S. natural gas production has boosted supplies of ethane, a natural gas liquid raw material used to make plastics, enabling investment in U.S. chemical manufacturing and exports. ExxonMobil continues to develop technologies that reduce carbon emissions. For example, we produce a range of advanced products — such as lightweight plastic packaging materials — that help manufacturers reduce energy use, emissions and waste.

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~75%

increase in the plastic makeup of cars expected by 2020

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reduction in vehicle weight can improve fuel economy by as much as 7%

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As global prosperity rises, demand for chemical manufacturing will increase by 45 percent in 2040. We are working to meet that growing demand safely and responsibly, with a renewed focus on integrity, quality, innovation and sustainability that will enrich people’s lives while enabling success in our communities.

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