Energy-Efficiency and Sustainability to Pivot Plastics Manufacturing
An Exclusive Interview With Vipin Rana CEO, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt. Ltd.
The plastics industry in India is expanding quickly and has been instrumental in boosting the country’s economy. Manufacturers in the industry are increasingly focusing on making sure that operations are clean and efficient. What lubrication trends are currently dominating the Indian plastics industry?
The Indian plastics industry employs 4 million people and is a multi-billion-dollar industry that is greatly benefiting the country’s swiftly developing economy. Lubricants have a promising future in the plastic-processing market. Simultaneously, growing demand for plastics in various end-use markets such as construction, packaging, consumer goods, and automotive, as well as increased demand for lubricants to reduce frictional forces and improve processing and productivity of plastics manufacturing, are the major drivers for this market. Manufacturers in the sector are increasingly focusing on making their operations clean and efficient in order to maintain their growth trajectory while mitigating the negative environmental consequences of plastic waste. Mobil is driving change in this industry by focusing on making plastic manufacturing profitable and efficient.
ExxonMobil is well-known for its cutting-edge innovations. What are some of the smart product solutions that Mobil provides to help the plastics sector increase efficiency, optimize output, and pave the way for greater profitability?
Mobil is focused on innovating its products and services and enabling energy efficiency by assisting plastic manufacturers in strengthening their operations towards better productivity and profitability. A few key offerings for plastics manufacturers include the Mobil DTE 10 Excel Series anti-wear hydraulic oils which enable a quantifiable increase in hydraulic efficiency, reduce power consumption and increase machine output. These oils help keep modern hydraulic systems cleaner for longer and have been proven to boost hydraulic efficiency by up to 6 per cent*. Similarly, the Mobil DTE 20 Ultra Series oils are high-performance, anti-wear hydraulic oils with extended oil life capabilities that have demonstrated up to 2-times longer oil drain intervals versus similar competitive oils**. Mobil’s innovation in the hydraulic series includes the biodegradable, minimally toxic and non-bioaccumulative, which can be used in hydraulic systems where spills or leakage could result in an adverse environmental impact .
The significance of services integrate a company’s success has grown significantly. What are the primary services offered by Mobil to the plastics industry?
Mobil is developing key services that provide an extra edge while ensuring performance, profitability, and productivity. Our filtration service improves filter barrier performance and efficiency with its performance polymers. We are also driving technology to integrate the benefits of IIoT into mainstream operations. For instance, our Mobil Serv SM IIoT Insights is proving to be game-changing in integrating automation with manufacturing efficiency. For plastic manufacturers, it is a critical cloud-based solution that turns insights into action, taking businesses towards improved efficiency and overall productivity. This platform brings special benefits with AI/ML, automated monitoring and precise analysis that directly benefit machine performance and manufacturing efficiency.
What initiatives is Mobil taking to integrate sustainability and productivity in the plastics industry?
Mobil is helping create value by advancing customers’ mobility, productivity, and sustainability ambitions. We are a categorical leader in the diversion of waste in lubricant facilities. All Mobil products manufactured in the company’s global network of lubricant facilities carry the Underwriters Laboratories Zero Waste to Landfill, Silver Validation, first earned in 2018. Additionally, ExxonMobil continues to be the first and only finished lubricants marketer to carry the credential, and each year diverts more than 90% (over 50,000 tons) of lubricant operations waste from landfills into new productive uses.
We are also leveraging our scale and integration to increase production of certified circular plastics to meet growing demand. In Dec 2022, ExxonMobil announced successful startup of one of the largest advanced recycling facilities in North America. The facility at the company’s integrated manufacturing complex in Baytown, Texas, uses proprietary technology to break down hard-to-recycle plastics and transform them into raw materials for new products and is capable of processing more than 80 million pounds of plastic waste per year, supporting a circular economy for post-use plastics and helping divert plastic waste currently sent to landfills.
Further, we are taking steps to incorporate recycled plastics in finished lubricant product packaging, helping convert waste to value. For this, Mobil is driving an initiative to transition to 50% Post Consumer Recycled(PCR) plastic pails – helping customers reduce waste, convert waste to value and advance sustainability ambitions. The PCR drives use of recycled plastic, helping reduce plastic waste, and enabling sustainable progress.
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*The energy efficiency of Mobil DTE 10 Excel relates solely to the fluid performance when compared to conventional Mobil-branded hydraulic fluids. The technology used allows up to 6% increase in hydraulic pump efficiency when tested in standard hydraulic applications under controlled conditions. The energy efficiency claim for this product is based on test results on the use of the fluid conducted in accordance with all applicable industry standards and protocol. Results may vary based on operating conditions and equipment.
**with a viscosity index around 100 and a zinc-based anti-wear system – meeting at least ISO 11158 (L-HM) and/or DIN 51524-2 (HLP type) requirements.
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