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Eastman to Expand Hydrogenated Hydrocarbon Resin Production in Middelburg, The Netherlands

Published on 2005-11-11. Author : SpecialChem

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Company has announced a 25 percent expansion of its hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin facility in Middelburg, The Netherlands. The planned completion date for the expansion is September 2006.

"Throughout the world, demand for Eastman hydrocarbon resins has increased significantly," said Damon Warmack, vice president and general manager of Eastman's coatings, adhesives, specialty polymers and inks business. "Regalite hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins produced in Eastman's Middelburg facility meet the growing need for high quality tackifier resins that are compatible with a wide range of adhesive polymers. We are committed to globally meeting this need by expanding our capacity." Earlier this month, Eastman also announced a capacity expansion of 30 percent for Eastotac and Regalite hydrocarbon resins in China at its Nanjing Yangzi Eastman Chemical Ltd. (NYEC) joint venture with Yangzi Petrochemical Industrial Corporation (YPIC).

The Middelburg tackifier resin plant is one of the largest in the world, producing a range of rosin and hydrocarbon resins and dispersions. Regalite hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins have been produced since 1985, and they are used in a wide variety of hot melt adhesives, polymer compounds and plastic modifications. As a result of their versatility and broad compatibility, Regalite hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins can be formulated with a wide range of styrenic and polyolefinic polymers.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. It provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products; is the world's largest producer of PET polymers for packaging; and is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2004 sales of $6.6 billion and approximately 12,000 employees.

Source: Eastman


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