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European Technology Centre

For 50 years, ExxonMobil’s European Technology Center (ETC) at our EMEA headquarters in Machelen, Belgium has provided innovative solutions to complex global challenges, including developing chemical processes to reduce energy consumption at manufacturing facilities, reducing vehicle weight through advanced plastics, extending the shelf life of fresh food via innovative packaging and increasing crop yields to help developing nations thrive.

The ETC is ExxonMobil’s main research and development (R&D) facility for Europe and the EMEA region and one of ExxonMobil’s three largest technology and research centers in the world. The center researches applied process and product technology, and pioneers the development of business planning options.

The ETC mainly provides services for ExxonMobil's chemical business units in Europe:

  • A wide range of analytical talent for determining physical properties, chemical composition, molecular structure etc.
  • Various test rigs for the laboratory simulation of production processes that we can upscale for commercial use in our production facilities
  • State-of-the-art apparatus for catalyst development and analysis
  • Equipment for processing polymers on a commercial scale to simulate the use of our polymer products by our customers. This involves, among other things, film blowing, casting and lamination

The specialists who work at the ETC develop and apply knowledge, and share the results with ExxonMobil business units all over the world so that they can take a leading position in their respective targeted markets.

EXXONMOBIL’S R&D IN NUMBERS

$9B

Since 2000, ExxonMobil has spent approximately $9 billion to develop and deploy lower-emission energy solutions across our operations.


Research at ExxonMobil’s European Technology Centre (ETC) has created materials used in agriculture which have increased crop yields by up to 60% in some cases.

60% Increase
20K
scientists

We employ approximately 20,000 scientists and engineers worldwide, including 200 at the ETC. Around 2,000 ExxonMobil scientists have PhDs.


ExxonMobil captured 6.3 million metric tonnes of CO2 for storage in 2016, using advanced carbon capture technology (CCS).

6.3M
metric tonnes of CO2
$250M

ExxonMobil has invested more than $250 million on biofuels research in the past decade.


Each acre of our algae yields more than 7,570 litres of biofuel (compared to 2,460 litres yielded per acre of palm oil).

7,570 litres
per acre
$145M

ExxonMobil has committed $145 million to fund breakthrough energy research at MIT, Princeton, the University of Texas and Stanford. We also work with 18 leading European universities and institutions.


With a commitment to fundamental science and innovation unmatched in our industry, ExxonMobil invests about $1 billion a year in R&D.

$1B
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