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Eastman Manufactures Compounded Cellulose Diacetate in China

Published on 2010-11-08. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Company has entered into a joint venture with Mazzucchelli 1849 SPA for the manufacture of compounded cellulose diacetate in Shenzhen, China. Compounded cellulose diacetate (CDA) is a bio-derived material, which is used in various injection molded applications, including but not limited to ophthalmic frames, tool handles and other end use products. Eastman cellulosics are produced from 100 percent renewable softwood materials. Terms of the joint venture were not disclosed.

"This joint venture is significant for two reasons," said Alessandro Fiocchi, managing director, Mazzucchelli 1849 SPA. "It not only substantially enhances our ability to meet customers' growing needs with locally produced CDA, but the combination of Eastman's high quality cellulose diacetate and Mazzucchelli's reputation in the market as the premier innovator in the development and manufacture of CDA sheet for ophthalmic frames will enable our customers to grow additional regional demand for the materials."

"Eastman believes that the demand for cellulosic materials will continue to grow," said Mark Costa, executive vice president, specialty polymers, coatings and adhesives, and chief marketing officer. "This growth is not only fueled by highly innovative segments, such as liquid crystal displays, but also in traditional segments, where design flexibility, physical properties and the increased interest in bio-derived materials play integral roles in the development process." The company continues to pursue new opportunities for these unique cellulosic applications in its Specialty Plastics segment.

About Eastman Chemical Company

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

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