US Eastman to expand carboxylic acid capacity at two plants

25 February 2014 23:16 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Eastman Chemical plans to add 50m lb (22,700 tonnes) of carboxylic acid capacity at its plants in Longview, Texas, and Kingsport, Tennessee, the US-based producer announced on Tuesday.

"Internal demand for our acids ensures our commitment to long-term efficient production for both internal and external customers,” says Chip Millican, business manager for Eastman’s organic intermediates business unit.

Eastman engineers have identified 20m lb of additional low-cost capacity that could be implemented in the future as demand dictates, Millican added.

“Eastman is committed to the continued optimisation of its plants that produce these acids,” said Tony Ponder, business manager for Eastman’s oxo chemicals business unit. “Our olefin crackers in Texas allow Eastman a competitive position in carboxylic acid production with the supply chain capabilities to ship globally.”

The additional capacity is expected to be on line in the fourth quarter of 2014, Eastman said.

By Jessie Waldheim