Eastman Tritan™ copolyester for medical devices
With a focus on patient safety, today’s health care professionals are more motivated than ever to prevent hospital acquired infections (HAI). Reduced reimbursements for patients who are readmitted because of HAI provides even more motivation to use more effective disinfectants — and use them more often.
In today’s health care, it is becoming more common to see medical devices that don’t work satisfactorily. They are unable to do their job — or fail prematurely — because of stress cracking or other defects resulting from exposure to disinfectants and other cleansers. A medical device only safeguards patients and saves lives if it works.
Advantages of medical device housings made of Tritan include:
- Bisphenol-A (BPA) free
- Excellent chemical resistance
- Superior impact resistance and durability after disinfection, enabling longer use over the device’s lifecycle
- Reduced downtime and repair costs for hospitals
- Less noise in devices where sound reduction is valued
- Halogen-free formulations
Products made with Eastman’s cellulose technology are derived from wood pulp which is sustainably sourced from trees grown in responsibly managed forests. These products are also produced in a near-closed-loop process in the United States where waste is either recycled, reused, or offered for resale. With an 80- year history rooted in science and innovation, our scientists transform this natural resource into versatile solutions that become successful commercial applications. We are continuing to tune our chemistries to meet the latest challenges.
Eastman Trēva™ engineering bioplastic
Trēva™ is a cellulose-based produc that can offer both enhanced functionality and improved sustainability. It is chemically resistant and dimensionally stable and has excellent flow and low birefringence. In addition, it has the ability to enable reduced environmental impact, allowing for less material in use and creating durable products that will last longer.
Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn
Naia is a new cellulose-based yarn that offers an inherently soft feel and improved performance compared to other fibers. Third-party tests show Naia is twice as breathable as nylon and has the ability to wick away moisture seven times better than polyester. Solvents used in the production of Naia are recycled back into the system for reuse. Water used in our processes is routinely tested before returning it to source streams to ensure we are returning clean and safe water to the local river.
Saflex® head-up display (HUD) interlayer technology
Once reserved for fighter jets and luxury cars HUD technology is finding its way into all sorts of vehicles. Traditionally, details such as speed, time, and remaining fuel have been located on the dashboard requiring drivers to glance away from the road. HUD technology allows information that a driver needs to be projected onto a display area in the windshield. Thanks to advances in Saflex® polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers — long known for bringing safety, security, improved acoustics and UV protection to laminated glass — HUD interlayers are made by a proprietary process that creates nonparallel surfaces to create a windscreen that provides optical correction, resulting in the highest quality projected image in the market.
- Safety and security
- Crash avoidance
Eastman’s nutritional optimization portfolio
Projections show that by the year 2050 the world population will rise to nine billion. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. And it’s not just a question of quantity; food quality is as important. Eastman is developing solutions for the animal nutrition industry that can address current issues and ultimately affect the quantity and quality of the end products that farmers offer.
Our current portfolio includes solutions to combat some of the problems that can impact animals’ well-being, such as environment-induced stress, and allow delivery of better quality food products. We also offer solutions to assure feed hygiene, preventing the growth of Salmonella bacteria in animal feeds to prevent transmission from pigs and poultry into the human food chain.
As far as quantity is concerned, we offer solutions to improve the performance of pigs and poultry, allowing farmers to obtain greater yields with less feed. Work continues to expand our portfolio and offer additional nutritional solutions to maintain good health in animals and facilitate their optimal growth.
On an introductory basis we are beginning to identify areas where our strategic priorities align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).