Eastman Chemical says it has completed the retrofit and
startup of its non-phthalate plasticizer manufacturing facility
in Texas City, Texas.
Eastman acquired the former Sterling Chemicals plant in
mid-2011 as part of its $100 million purchase of the company.
The facility, which will primarily produce Eastman
168 non-phthalate plasticizer, will increase the overall
capacity of Eastman 168 by approximately 60%, the company
Further capacity increases are possible with minimal
investment at the Texas City site as demand for non-phthalate
plasticizers continues to grow, Eastman said.
We are committed to continual growth in our business
and are happy to announce the startup of the non-phthalate
plasticizer facility in Texas City, said Heidi Barnes,
oxo and plasticizers business director within the
companys performance chemicals and intermediates
This additional capacity will allow us to serve the
growing demand for non-phthalate plasticizers such as
Eastman 168 around the globe.
Non-phthalate plasticizers are broadly used in products such
toys, childcare items, food contact materials and medical
devices, and are also used to provide flexibility to polyvinyl
chloride (PVC) in applications.
End markets for non-phthalate plasticizers include building
and construction, health and wellness,
and infant care.