Eastman expands US cyclohexane dimethanol capacity by 25%

06 August 2010 15:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical has begun work to expand cyclohexane dimethanol (CHDM) capacity at its production hub in Kingsport, Tennessee, by 25%, the US chemicals major said on Friday.

CHDM is a monomer used to manufacture various specialty plastics products.

The company expected to complete the expansion in two phases, with the first phase to be completed in mid-2011 and the second in 2012, it said.

“This significant increase in CHDM capacity will enable us to address the needs of our customers in copolyesters, including Eastman Tritan copolyester,” said Mark Costa, executive vice president, specialty polymers, coatings and adhesives and chief marketing officer.

“This expansion also better positions us for continued growth by enabling future increases in copolyester polymer capacity of up to 25%,” he added.

Eastman did not disclose capacity data in terms of tonnes or pounds per year, and it did not disclose how much the expansion would cost.

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