Eastman expand adhesive resins capacity

Eastman to expand adhesive resins capacity

11:03 AM, 27th May 2019
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KINGSPORT, US: Eastman Chemical Company to expand production capabilities for hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins at Netherlands & Pennsylvania manufacturing sites.

Additional investments will also be made in the production of polyolefin polymers at the Longview, Texas, manufacturing site. The expansions will be completed at various times beginning in 2019, with all expected to be finished by mid-2020.

These investments support the growth strategy of Eastman’s adhesives resins business, which is part of its additives & functional products operating segment.

Eastman’s hydrocarbon resins are used as raw materials essential in hotmelt and pressure sensitive adhesives, and as binders in nonwoven products such as disposable diapers, feminine products, and pre-saturated wipes. They are also used in a wide range of applications including plastics and rubber modification.

Due to their versatility and broad compatibility, Eastman’s hydrocarbon resins can be formulated with a wide range of styrenic and polyolefinic polymers and offer excellent stability and adhesion.

Eastman’s Eastoflex and Aerafin polyolefin polymer products are used in hygiene, tape, and roofing products. They offer broad processing capabilities with clean-running, low-temperature processability, low odor, good adhesion, excellent peel strength, lower tackifier loading than most block copolymer adhesive resin formulations, excellent thermal stability, and compatibility with hydrocarbon tackifier resins.

“The investments will enable the production of premium tackifiers and resins with best in class purity, continuing our legacy as a premium supplier and key innovator in the industry. While these investments expand our capacity between 10 and 15 percent, what is most exciting is that they continue to position Eastman’s products as the premium offerings in this market,” said Mahendra Dorairaj, vice president and general manager, Adhesives and Specialty Fluids & Energy businesses.

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