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Eastman Expanding 2-EH Capacity at Longview Facility

Published on 2010-09-20. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Company announced plans to expand 2-EH capacity at its Longview, Texas, site. The expansion will increase capacity by approximately 32,000 metric tons and will include a 4,500 metric ton debottleneck in October of this year for a total capacity increase near 37,000 metric tons. The company expects to complete the expansion by mid- 2012. In support of the 2-EH expansion, a 40,000 metric ton expansion of butyraldehyde will also occur at the site.

"This increase in capacity reinforces our commitment to reliably supply our 2-EH customers while also supporting growth in our plasticizer business for products like Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer," said Ron Lindsay, executive vice president, performance polymers and chemical intermediates.

An oxo derivative, 2-EH is used in end products such as plasticizers, like Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer, 2 ethylhexyl acrylate, and additives for fuels and lube oils. End markets for 2-EH include building and construction, transportation, medical, consumables, and durable goods manufacture.

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 it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., USA, Eastman had 2009 sales of $5 billion.

Source: Eastman Chemical Company

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