The world is facing a significant battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. As a company dedicated to social responsibility, Eastman is committed to helping in the fight. That is why Eastman Brazil is donating its copolyesters to two companies for use in the creation of protective equipment: 3D Lab, a manufacturer of 3D printing filaments; and MMS Plásticos, a Brazilian plastics distributor.
3D Lab is using Eastar™ copolyesters to help create face shields for the protection of healthcare workers in the country. The face shields are expected to be ready to distribute free, mostly to public hospitals, in early April.
“We knew we had to help people during this challenging time, especially because we have the perfect material in Eastar for this kind of equipment. Eastar has the chemical resistance needed for the entire surface to be cleaned with various medical disinfectants, and the parts will withstand constant use,” said Rogério Dias, manager of Specialty Plastics for Eastman in Latin America.
Dias said when the need for a face shield material was identified, Eastman quickly stepped forward and offered Eastar, which has a long history of use in a wide range of products that includes medical devices and face shields.
“We have to do our part. It’s so important to help the healthcare community avoid new contaminations. Since the production and the assembly of the face shields takes only a few hours, a lot can be created in a short period of time, which can help save lives,” explained Dias.
In a separate initiative, MMS Plásticos will use Eastman Cadence™ copolyester to help produce the face shield cover. These protective masks will also help preserve the health of medical professionals in Brazil.
The efforts of SIMPERJ (Union of Plastics Industries of Rio de Janeiro) have been a catalyst for initiatives like the one being undertaken by MMS Plásticos.
“With the determination of quarantine, we at FIRJAN (Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro), started mobilizing a great network within the industry to donate products and equipment to fight the coronavirus. MMS Plásticos and Eastman promptly answered our requests and, together, we are giving back to society in the best possible way, protecting lives,” explained Rafael Sette, SIMPERJ sustainability director.
Both initiatives will help produce more than 20,000 face shields. In addition to these efforts, Eastman is doing its part to stop the proliferation of COVID-19 in other regions where it operates.
Founded in 1920, 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 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.
About 3D Lab
3D Lab is reference company in 3D printing in Brazil, which has been in the market for 6 years. Nowadays, it is the largest national company in the sector, delivering solutions on several fronts: filaments manufacture, 3D print, and the offer of courses, maintenance and prototyping services. 3D Lab’s goal is to bring the Brazilian public closer to this technology and to train professionals for industry 4.0.
About MMS Plásticos
MMS Plásticos is a Brazilian company that has been operating in the plastic transformation and distribution market for 24 years, manufacturing and distributing sheets, coils and thermoplastic resins for the most diverse markets. With an industrial unit installed in Guarulhos, MMS Plásticos has a production capacity of 600 tons per month and 120 employees who value excellence in quality, our main focus.