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Eastman Introduces Solus 2100 Performance Additive for High-Solids 2K Coatings

Published on 2007-05-08. Author : SpecialChem

Ensures Faster Dry-to-Touch and Improved Polishability for Low-VOC Systems Kingsport, Tenn -- Eastman Chemical Company introduces Solus 2100, a new performance additive for high-solids industrial 2-component (2K) paint systems. Market applications include refinish clearcoats, aerospace topcoats and coatings for plastics as well as industrial maintenance and refinish primers.

Eastman Introduces Solus 2100 Performance Additive for High-Solids 2K Coatings

Ideal for low-VOC systems, Solus 2100 offers faster dry-to-touch time, excellent anti-sag behavior, a wider window of polishability, improved gloss after polishing and ease of sanding. Coatings formulated with Solus 2100 have drying times of 15 percent to 30 percent faster than systems without the product, leading to significant improvements in productivity for refinish shops and OEM paint lines.

"Formulating with Solus 2100 helps paint makers meet two essential customer imperatives: top-notch aesthetics and process performance," says Dirk DiSantis, global marketing manager for coatings at Eastman. "It delivers the performance characteristics of a high-VOC coating in a low-VOC product, also allowing refinishers and OEM end-users to meet the industry's increasingly stringent regulatory restrictions."

Solus 2100 was evaluated as a coating additive using a variety of performance tests for high-solids 2K clearcoats at 420g/L VOC or less. The coating's mechanical properties, drying time, and gloss after polishing demonstrated superior performance in comparison to low -VOC commercial formulations.

"The introduction of Solus 2100 to the refinish market proves that an environmentally friendly product does not have to come at the detriment of enhanced productivity or performance," adds DiSantis. "Further, aerospace, motorcycle, plastic parts and other OEM manufacturers' paint application processes can benefit from coatings with this performance additive." Eastman's Solus 2100 performance additive is now commercially available.

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. As a Responsible Care® company, Eastman is committed to achieving the highest standards of health, safety, environmental and security performance. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2006 sales of $7.5 billion and approximately 11,000 employees.

Source: Eastman Chemical Company

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