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 ?xml:namespace>
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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