Eastman finishes one expansion, says another one coming

Hank Hayes • May 9, 2018 at 9:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Eastman announced Wednesday that it has completed its Tritan copolyester expansion at its Kingsport manufacturing site.

Eastman, a Kingsport-based global specialty chemical company, reported the plant expansion is now fully operational and is supplying product to customers.

“We are excited to announce the completion of our Tritan expansion and are pleased with the performance we’re seeing from this new investment,” Burt Capel, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Specialty Plastics business, said in a release. “The Tritan platform of products continues to see strong global adoption, with an increasing footprint of applications that recognize the robust performance of our polymer.”

Tritan is used in making medical devices and housewares.

Eastman also announced an additional planned expansion of copolyester production to be added at its Kingsport site. The newly announced expansion is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2018 and will increase PETG and PCTG capacities by approximately 25 percent of the Kingsport specialty copolyester total capacity. This investment supports the continued growth of Eastman’s specialty copolyester products globally and provides flexibility across the company’s polymer asset base.

“This additional copolyester expansion positions Eastman to meet the increasing demand we’re seeing for our copolyester materials around the world,” Capel added. “It highlights our continued commitment to providing our global customers with the highest quality materials in the market.”

Specialty Plastics is a part of Eastman’s Advanced Materials business segment. PETG and PCTG are known by the tradenames of Eastar, Spectar and Aspira copolyesters, among others.

Eastar is used in building materials, packaging and windows. Spectar is used in lighting. Aspira is used in housewares and packaging.

For more, go to www.eastman.com.

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