KINGSPORT, Tenn., June 13, 2019 – Eastman Chemical Company is pleased to announce the successful completion of a de-bottlenecking of its Diethylhydroxylamine (DEHA) unit in St. Gabriel, LA. The debottlenecking has resulted in a 15 to 20 percent increase in capacity.
“With growth in demand for DEHA, our lead times had increased significantly,” commented Kyle Irion, U.S. product manager for Eastman’s Care Chemicals business unit, which is part of its Additives & Functional Products operating segment. Irion continued, “We take pride in our reliability and good customer service. This capacity increase will help us meet the growing needs of our customers.”
Eastman is the only producer of DEHA in the Western Hemisphere and has been producing DEHA for well over 40 years. DEHA is used primarily in water treatment and in the production of various polymers, such as styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR).
Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.