Eastman Cyphrex microfibers innovators
Eastman Cyphrex microfibers


Eastman Chemical Company is well-positioned to be an innovator in the nonwovens industry.

  • A Fortune 500 company with a long track record of innovation and reliability
  • A tradition of launching innovative solutions and technologies, and successful products, for more than 90 years
  • A reliable source of marketable solutions brought forth by a core competency in polymer science and fibers
  • A 2012 and 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
  • 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence
  • 2014 World's Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere® Institute
  • Bloomberg Business Week Top 50 List 2013
  • Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and technology-based solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability


Eastman CYPHREX™ has won the INDEX 14 Award. The prize was awarded by EDANA at INDEX, Europe's leading nonwovens exhibition taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

The EDANA INDEX Awards are the highest accolade for excellence in the nonwovens industry and highlights innovations from companies around the world. Thank you EDANA.

Cyphrex leadership team

Stephen G. Crawford

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
Stephen G. Crawford is senior vice-president and the Chief Technology Officer for Eastman. He was previously Vice-President, Functional Products Technology for Eastman Chemical Company. In that position, he had responsibility for Coatings, Adhesives and Plasticizers, Fibers and Rubber Additives Technology development. Crawford holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Tim N. Dell

Vice President, Microfibers, Eastman Chemical Company
Tim N. Dell is vice president of Microfibers for Eastman. Dell received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Jon B. Woods

General Manager, Non-Wovens Microfibers, Eastman Chemical Company
Jon B. Woods is General Manager, Non-Wovens Microfibers. He joined Eastman in 1989 and has served in a variety of technical, corporate strategy, and business roles; most recently, he served as Business Director, Adhesives and Plasticizers. Jon holds a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Masters degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

C. Todd Williams

Global Business Manager, Microfibers Platform, Eastman Chemical Company
C. Todd Williams is business manager for the microfibers platform at Eastman. He was involved in the inception of the microfibers initiative; he then led the polyolefins business within Eastman’s Adhesives and Plasticizers organization. Williams has a background in the fibers, nonwovens and composites industries, and he received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University.

James A. Michalski

Manager, Strategy & Portfolio Processes, Eastman Chemical Company
James A. Michalski has responsibilities for managing, strategy and portfolio processes for the microfiber nonwovens and performance fabrics platforms at Eastman. For several years, he has been working to develop new product platforms using existing and developmental technologies. Over the past 20 years, he has held roles in innovation, marketing, business development, technology and sales. Prior to Eastman, Michalski was a U.S. Navy submarine officer. He has been a member of the Association for Managers of Innovation, a community of practice centered on creativity and innovation, since 1999.

Dr. David J. Allen

Director, Fibers & Microfibers Technology

Dr. David J. Allen is Director, Fibers & Microfibers Technology. He joined Eastman in 1990, and has served in a variety of technology roles for Eastman, both in Kingsport and internationally. David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Roanoke College, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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