US Eastman to debottleneck butyric acid production capacity

24 January 2013 06:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical is planning to debottleneck its butyric acid production capacity at the firm’s Kingsport, Tennessee facility, the US-based producer said late on Wednesday.

“The debottleneck, scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2013, will add an additional 11m pounds of capacity to support growing internal and external demand for the acid,” it said in a statement.

The statement did not mention the current capacity of the plant.

Butyric acid is a naturally occurring short-chain fatty acid found in the human body, among other sources, according to the company.

Esters and salts of butyric acid are used in a variety of applications including perfumes and animal feed, it said.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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