Eastman to expand Texas 2-EH capacity by 37,000 tonnes/year

17 September 2010 15:20  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical plans to expand 2-ethyl hexanol (2-EH) and butyraldehyde capacities at its site in Longview, Texas, by 37,000 tonnes/year and 40,000 tonnes/year, respectively, the US-based chemicals producer said on Friday.

The 2-EH expansion would include a 4,500 tonne/year debottleneck in October of this year, the company said.

The full 2-EH expansion of almost 37,000 tonne/year was expected to be completed by mid-2012, Eastman said.

In support of the 2-EH expansion, Eastman would also increase the site’s butyraldehyde capacity by 40,000 tonne/year, it said.

“This increase in capacity reinforces our commitment to reliably supply our 2-EH customers while also supporting growth in our plasticizer business for products like Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticiser,” said Ron Lindsay, executive vice president, performance polymers and chemical intermediates

An oxo derivative, 2-EH is used in end products such as plasticisers and additives for fuels and lube oils, the company said.

End markets for 2-EH include building and construction, transportation, medical, consumables, and durable goods manufacture, it added.

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