Eastman completes acoustics extrusion line in Ghent, Belgium

Eastman completes acoustics extrusion line in Ghent, Belgium

10:05 AM, 30th October 2012
Eastman completes acoustics extrusion line in Ghent, Belgium

KINGSPORT, US: Eastman Chemical Company has completed its Saflex Q series advanced acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) extrusion line in Ghent, Belgium. The facility produces multi-layer rolls of Saflex Q series sheet for automotive applications.

The Ghent expansion will serve the growing global market demand for high performance acoustic automotive glazing. Nearly one in three new cars in Europe has acoustic glass, and one in six cars worldwide is being produced with acoustic dampening technology. The market for acoustic glazing is expected to grow more quickly over the next five years as automakers seek ways to reduce wind noise and improve functionality with on-board telematics and decreased glass thickness.

“The combination of these films and interlayers, which are laminated between two pieces of glass in a vehicle’s windscreen or side windows, represent a significant step forward in providing high performance benefits for both automotive consumers and OEMs. These high performance interlayers assist in making cars quieter while helping to control interior temperatures and the overall energy performance of the car,” said Eric Nichols, Vice President, Advanced Interlayers, Eastman.

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