Chemicals are nature's building blocks. The chemical building blocks (or molecules) are transformed by creative scientists into countless products that we use every day. The largest reserve of molecules is bound in the mixture that we call crude or mineral oil. These days, we can separate oil into hundreds of building blocks to form petrochemical basic products. We have learned from research that we can make thousands of different end products from these materials.
Nowadays, thanks to the knowledge that, among other organisations, ExxonMobil Chemical has been building up for decades, chemical substances can be 'customised'. It is, for example, possible to make a non-elastic type of rubber that does not bounce, a plastic hinge that becomes stronger the more it is bent, miracle fibres for durable and easy-to-wear clothing, fuel additives that improve engine performance... the list of applications is almost endless. Incidentally, the search for new chemicals and new applications for existing ones is still going on.
Today, manufactured chemicals play a key role in the success and quality of a long list of widely-ranging products such as cars, artificial fertilisers, compact disks, footballs, paints, disposable nappies as well as perfume, lipstick and chewing gum. These are just a few of the end products that depend on manufactured chemicals; we would not have any difficulty in thinking of dozens of others that could be added to the list.