13 March 2013 02:29 [Source: ICIS news]
MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--US based Eastman Chemical is seeking more applications for Tritan beyond replacing polycarbonate (PC) in infant bottles, executives said on Tuesday.
Tritan was initially developed to fill a niche that was out of reach for Eastman's resins at the time, said Gabriel Crosta, an Eastman sales director who oversees much of Latin America. Crosta was speaking at the Plastimagen plastics conference.
Specifically, Tritan could be used for applications that required heat resistance above 100°C, he said.
Eastman launched Tritan in Europe in 2007. About the same time, concern was growing about bisphenol A (BPA) leaching from food containers made with polycarbonate (PC). Tritan was just as transparent – if not more so – than PC, and the resin did not leach BPA.
Several, Latin American countries banned PC in infant bottles and food containers, Crosta said.
In Mexico, the private market is increasingly demanding PC-free infant bottles, Hernandez said. "The trend is very strong."
Eastman is now moving into other applications outside of bottles, such as food containers, salad bowls, water-purification jars and small appliances.
Appliances typically have motors that produce a lot of heat and require materials with good mechanical resistance, Crosta said. Tritan was initially developed to provide Eastman with a heat-resistant resin.
The Plastimagen conference lasts through Friday.
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