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Eastman Highlighted Non-phthalate Products for European Sealants Market at FEICA 2015

Published on 2015-10-19. Author : SpecialChem

In September, Eastman Chemical Company traveled to the FEICA 2015 Conference and Expo in Vilamoura, Portugal. At the expo, representatives highlighted Eastman’s non-phthalate plasticizer options for the adhesives and sealants market.

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Fig. 1: Eastman Chemical Company

During the conference, Dr. Martin Stimpson, Eastman market development manager, presented a paper on high-performance non-phthalate solutions for polysulfide-insulating glazing sealants. Stimpson’s talk featured topics including the European sealants market, current regulatory landscape, and non-phthalate options, such as Eastman VersaBond™ plasticizer.

To further support Eastman’s commitment to the polysulfide sealant market, Eastman acquired rights to patents, US 6,919,397 and EP 1 285 019 entitled “TWO-COMPONENT POLYSULPHIDE ADHESIVE/SEALANT” from H.B. Fuller. The European Patent is validated in France, United Kingdom, Germany (Federal Republic of), Ireland, and Italy.

Dr. Stimpson also touched on the performance and final product technical requirements of plasticizers and reasons to use a plasticizer in polysulfide sealants that include:
- Modification of the Tg
- Viscosity control/increased dispensability
- Cost
- Improved elasticity
- Improved movement accommodation
- Reduced modulus
- As a carrier for other additives
- Improved resiliency

Eastman developed a plasticizer that meets these needs in the form of Eastman VersaBond™ plasticizer. VersaBond is an efficient and easy replacement for phthalate-based plasticizers in polysulfide sealants for insulated glass. As a near drop-in replacement for phthalate-based plasticizers, VersaBond:
- Represents a direct substitution that requires little to no reformulation-saving months of development, approval, and changeover time
- Complies with the known current and upcoming regulatory initiatives for plasticizers
- Outperforms other non-phthalate options
- Is backed by Eastman’s reliable technical support, market expertise, and global manufacturing resources

View the webinar recording to learn more about Eastman’s non-phthalate plasticizer options for the sealants market: Switch to high performance non-phthalate solutions for safer sealant formulations

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

Source: Eastman Chemical Company

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