US Eastman to expand Tritan copolyester plant in Tennessee

30 July 2013 15:42  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical plans to expand its Tritan copolyester capacity by 27% at its plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, the company said on Tuesday.

When completed in mid-2014, the plant's capacity will rise to 76,000 tonnes/year from 60,000 tonnes/year, the company said.

Among other uses, Eastman has marketed Tritan as a replacement for polycarbonate (PC) in food containers, amid concerns that the latter could leach bisphenol A (BPA).

“We are gaining traction in markets such as medical, durable goods and infant care," said Lucian Boldea, general manager of Advanced Materials-Specialty Plastics at Eastman. "This investment in Tritan will allow us to maintain our position as the global market leader in copolyesters, and we will continue to evaluate options for more significant expansions in the future.”

By: Al Greenwood
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