Eastman Chemical is expanding carboxylic acids capacity at
its plants in Longview, Texas, and Kingsport, Tennessee, the
company announced on Tuesday.
The additional capacity is expected to be completed in the
fourth quarter of 2014 and will add approximately 50 million
pounds of carboxylic acids to support the increasing internal
and external demand of the product.
Eastman is committed to the continued optimization of
its plants that produce these acids, says Tony Ponder,
business manager for Eastmans oxo-chemicals unit within
the company's specialty fluids and intermediates (SFI)
business. Our olefin crackers in Texas allow Eastman a
competitive position in carboxylic acid production with the
supply chain capabilities to ship globally.
Internal demand for our acids ensures our commitment to
long-term efficient production for both internal and external
customers, added Chip Millican, business manager for
Eastmans organic intermediates unit, also a part of the
SFI business. These are important intermediate
materials and we continue to invest in them. Additionally,
our engineers have identified at least 20 million pounds of
additional low cost capacity that could be implemented in the
future as demand dictates.
Manufacturing the products for more than 70 years, Eastman is
a world leader in the production of carboxylic acids for
multiple markets, including food and feed, pharmaceutical
chemical intermediates, and agriculture.
Eastman offers a wide variety of grades of acetic, propionic,
butyric, isobutyric, benzoic, and 2-EH acids appropriate for
these and other end uses.