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Eastman's Eastoflex APOs now Available in Convenient, Easy-to-Handle Pellets

Published on 2004-09-22. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Company announces a new, easy-to-handle pellet form of its Eastoflex APOs (amorphous polyolefins). The unique pelletized form improves product handling and enhances the processing of adhesives. Eastoflex pellets deliver a faster melt time for increased production speeds and efficiencies. The larger surface-to-volume ratio of the pellets allows for better heat transfer in mixed systems and rapid dispersion into various mixtures.

"Conventional APOs, like our existing Eastoflex products, are by nature tacky at room temperature, which makes them harder to handle in certain applications," says Jeff Presley, Product Manager, Global Polymer Raw Materials. "The new Eastoflex pellets are non-tacky, making them pourable and easier to handle. Our customers now have added convenience and flexibility to choose a product form for their needs."

Eastoflex APOs have long been recognized for their consistent quality, low odor and compatibility with a wide array of elastomers, polymers and tackifying resins. They are widely used as base polymers in formulating hot-melt adhesives, sealants, paper laminations and pressure sensitive adhesives. Eastoflex APOs are also suitable for rubber compounding, waterproofing compounds for wire and cable applications, and as a modifier for asphalt in single-ply roofing.

"Through the offering of this new solid form and packaging, Eastman is extending the utility of the Eastoflex line," says Presley.

Convenient Packaging Options

Eastoflex APO pellets are available in 50-lb inclusion bags or 50-lb boxes, offering convenient storage and delivery options. Eastoflex pellets in batch inclusion bags are easy to handle, reducing product waste, cleanup and production time. Well suited for dry blending, pellets in 50-lb boxes enable easier flow of pellets to various types of mixers and extruders.

Flexibility to custom blend

As with existing product forms, new Eastoflex pellets can be custom-blended to meet specific performance requirements. Customers have the flexibility to obtain a balance of viscosity, needle penetration, and ring and ball softening point (RSBP) best suited to their needs.

"Eastman's manufacturing capabilities and expert technical staff ensure our customers get a consistent, high-quality product," adds Presley.


Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN), headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. The company employs approximately 12,000 people and had 2003 sales of US$5.8 billion.

Source: Eastman

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