US Eastman considers third copolyester plant to meet strong demand

17 May 2011 16:12  [Source: ICIS news]

GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical is expected to start up a new 30,000 tonne/year Tritan copolyester plant at Tennessee in the US by early 2012 and is considering a further facility to meet strong demand, a company official said on Tuesday.

The company’s existing 30,000 tonne/year plant at the same site was running at full rates and its production could not meet demand, said specialty plastics regional business director Travis Smith on the sidelines of the 2011 Chinaplas Exhibition.

Smith predicted that Tritan output from the second plant could be digested by the market within three to five years and therefore a third plant was under consideration.

He added that the location of the third plant has not been decided, while factors like feedstock access, scale operation, market and logistics would all be taken into consideration in selecting the location.

Eastman currently sells almost half of its Tritan material in China, with the focus on applications in houseware, small appliances and infant care, Smith said.

It currently has a total copolyester capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year in Malaysia and the US.

The 2011 Chinaplas Exhibition runs from Tuesday through Friday.

For more on Eastman visit ICIS company intelligence

By: Fanny Zhang
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