Eastman Chemical on Thursday announced plans to again expand
2-EH capacity at its plant in Longview, Texas.
The expansion will increase capacity by approximately 20,000
metric tpy, according to the company, who expects to complete
in the fourth quarter of
In support of the 2-EH expansion
, a 25,000 metric ton
expansion of butyraldehyde will also occur at the site.
Eastman previously completed a 32,000 metric ton expansion
of 2-EH at the site in
April of 2012.
In the short time since our last 2-EH capacity
increase, we have seen strong demand growth for this
product, said Juan Moncada, business unit director of
Eastmans oxo-chemicals business. We are committed
to reliable supply for our 2-EH customers, while also
supporting internal growth for products like our Eastman
168 non-phthalate plasticizers.
An oxo derivative, 2-EH is used in end products such as
plasticizers, like non-phthalate plasticizer, 2 ethylhexyl
acrylate, and additives for fuels and lube oils.
End markets for 2-EH include building and construction
medical, consumables, and durable goods manufacture.