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Eastman Expands Capacity for its Eastman 168™ non-phthalate Plasticizer
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Growing demand for ortho-phthalate alternatives drive increased capacity

KINGSPORT, TENN., (Feb. 23, 2011) - Eastman Chemical Company announces today that it has successfully completed a further expansion of its manufacturing capacity for Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer at its Kingsport, Tenn., USA, facility.

A versatile non-phthalate plasticizer for PVC, Eastman 168™ has a long and growing track record of regulatory approvals. It has been demonstrated to be a ready, drop-in replacement for some of the most widely used ortho-phthalate plasticizers that are experiencing regulatory pressure in markets around the world. It finds particular utility in sensitive applications where brand owners are looking for compliance and differentiation, while continuing to provide the same high-performance products for their customers.

“Eastman168™ non-phthalate plasticizer has a history of safe use by manufacturers of consumer products since it was introduced by Eastman more than 30 years ago,” says Dr. Steve Cullen, business manager for plasticizer strategy, Eastman.

This capacity debottleneck will allow increased production of the non-phthalate plasticizer in response to the continuing growth in global customer demand. The approximate 10 percent increase in capacity came on stream at the end of 2010.

“We have seen a rapidly growing demand for Eastman168™ non-phthalate plasticizer in toys, childcare articles, medical devices and a wide range of other consumer applications worldwide, that has led us to increase our supply capacity,” says Cullen. “We believe that Eastman168 is clearly proving to be the best non-phthalate plasticizer on the market today.”

About Eastman
Eastman’s chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets and geographies it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., USA, Eastman had 2010 sales of $5.8 billion. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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