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Eastman Increases Isophthalic Acid Prices on September 1

Published on 2009-08-24. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Company is increasing prices on the following products effective Sept. 1, or as contracts allow. These increases are due to elevated operating costs, particularly in raw materials.

EASTMAN™ Isophthalic Acid: Off-list price increase of $US 0.03 /lb ($US 0.07/kg) in North America and Latin America.


  • Automotive OEM
  • High molecular weight thermoplastic polymer (PET) modifier
  • Polyester polyols for polyurethane coatings
  • Polyester-melamine baking enamels
  • Super-weatherable powder coatings
  • Unsaturated polyester resins for high-performance gel coats
  • Waterborne polyester resins with good hydrolytic stability

One of the largest applications for Eastman PIA is in unsaturated polyester resins for high-quality gel coats. The hardness, stain and detergent resistance characteristics of PIA are ideal for polyester solid-surface countertops that are an inexpensive alternative to acrylics.

About Eastman Chemical Company:

Eastman's chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people around the world use every day. Over 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The Company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets it serves. Headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2008 sales of $6.7 billion.

Source: Eastman Chemical

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