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.