03 October 2011 21:21 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical plans to add 6,000 tonnes/year of capacity to its non-phthalate plasticizers plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, the US-based specialty chemicals producer said on Monday.
The announcement comes less than a month after Eastman bought a plant in Texas to produce its non-phthalate plasticizer, Eastman 168, and less than a year after completing a debottlenecking process in Kingsport in February.
The additional capacity is scheduled to be on line by the end of the year, Eastman said.
Global market and regulatory pressures are driving toymakers and manufacturers of childcare articles, medical devices and other polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic products to switch to non-phthalate plasticizers because of toxicity issues.
In early August, Eastman Chemical completed the purchase of Sterling Chemical for $100m (€70m). Eastman said the main attraction to Sterling was the company’s plasticiser facility at its Texas City, Texas, plant.
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