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ExxonMobil Chemical is one of the world's most profitable chemical companies.
Growing earnings, cash flow, and ROCE by...
Progressing 13 new facilities utilizing global feedstock flexibility and supply scale
Investing in three major stream crackers, including one liquid cracker in Asia and several derivative projects — polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene glycol, Vistamaxx, and linear alpha olefins
Growing sales of high-value performance products by 50 percent by 2025
Expanding technology portfolio with a focus on sustainable solutions
Chemical industry growth is forecast to outpace growth in global GDP and energy demand for the next two decades. Most of that growth will come from Asia and other developing markets.
The driving factors are increasing global population and improving standards of living. Global population is forecast to grow from about 7.4 billion people in 2016 to about 9.2 billion people by 2040. According to research by the Brookings Institution, the global middle class is expected to grow by about 80 percent from 2015 to 2030. As incomes in the developing world increase, more people will have access to consumer goods, automobiles, and appliances, which require many chemical products. ExxonMobil estimates that global demand for chemicals will rise by approximately 45 percent over the next decade.
Catalyst and process technology leadership, including metallocene catalyst development and commercialization, underpins our strong market position in high-performance products. We also invest in new process technology innovations, as demonstrated by the world’s first and only crude cracker in Singapore, which lowers cost and enhances feed flexibility.
Building on our global scale and market presence, we have established several technology centers around the world, enabling us to interact directly with customers, develop timely new product solutions, and nurture long-term relationships. Leveraging our global manufacturing footprint, we are able to process the most advantaged feedstocks and move products efficiently through a unique global supply chain.
We leveraged the acquisition of the Banyan aromatics facility to strengthen our integrated business in Singapore across Downstream and Chemical operations by interconnecting pipelines and optimizing logistics. We are also jointly developing the Singapore residual upgrade project between Downstream and Chemical to upgrade residual, low-value streams from both chemical and downstream operations into Group II lube basestocks, further improving the competitiveness of the site.
Leading project management capabilities and deep technical and commercial functional excellence have contributed to recent sales growth. With a proven track record of delivering several major chemical projects successfully in the past two years, we remain a partner of choice, as demonstrated by the world-scale petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast with partner SABIC and the agreement of cooperation signed with the government of Guangdong Province, China, for a potential petrochemical facility.
Critical positions in the Chemical business are filled by employees we have developed through training, challenging assignments, and broad experiences. Approximately 1,500 people fill these roles and are essential to meeting resource demand for major growth projects.
Chemical statistical recap
|Earnings (millions of dollars)||3,351||4,518||4,615||4,418||4,315|
|Prime product sales(1) (thousands of tonnes)||26,869||25,420||24,925||24,713||24,235|
|Average capital employed(2) (millions of dollars)||30,420||27,516||24,844||23,750||22,197|
|Return on average capital employed(2) (percent)||11.0||16.4||18.6||18.6||19.4|
|Capital expenditures(2) (millions of dollars)||2,235||3,771||2,207||2,843||2,741|
(1) Prime product sales data reported net of purchases/sales contracts with the same counterparty.
(2) See Frequently used terms