Eastman Chemical is expanding capacity of its Eastman
168 non-phthalate plasticizers at its manufacturing
facility in Texas City, Texas, the company announced on
The expansion at the site will increase
the overall capacity of Eastman 168 by approximately 15% and is
expected to be operational by mid-2014.
We are pleased to announce this capacity addition at
our Texas City manufacturing facility, said Jon Woods,
unit director for Eastman's plasticizers business.
Since this expansion leverages an existing
asset, it will be completed with minimal capital investment and
also positions us to execute another similar expansion on the same line in the
"These planned capacity additions are consistent with our
expectations of market growth envisioned when we acquired the
Texas City facility in 2011," he added. "Demand for
non-phthalate plasticizers continues to strengthen across a
variety of end-markets and end-uses and this investment will
allow Eastman to sustain its leadership position of serving the
needs of current and new customers, particularly in North
America and Europe.
Non-phthalate plasticizers are broadly used in products such
as toys, childcare items, food contact materials and medical
devices, and are also used to provide flexibility to PVC in a
wide variety of applications.
End markets for non-phthalate plasticizers include building and
construction, health and wellness,
and a broad range of consumer products.