Eastman to expand resins production in US, Netherlands

02 August 2010 17:21  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical plans to expand production of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins in the Netherlands and the United States, the company said on Monday.

Eastman said it would expand production at its Middelburg, Netherlands plant and at its plant at Longview, Texas.

Production of Eastman’s Regalite hydrogenated aliphatic hydrocarbon resins at its Middelburg facility would increase 20%, the company said. The increase would be the third expansion at the plant since 2006.

The Middelburg expansion would be completed in the second half of 2011, Eastman said.

In Texas, Eastman would increase capacity of its Eastotac hydrogenated aliphatic hydrocarbon resins by 10% in early 2011, the company said.

Hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins are used as raw materials in hot-melt and pressure sensitive adhesives, and as binders in nonwoven products such as disposable diapers, feminine products and pre-saturated wipes. They are also used in applications including plastics and rubber modification.

Eastman did not release the capacities at either site, nor did it divulge the costs of the expansions.

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