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Eastman Opens New TPE Application Development Center


OEMs, compounders, and molders tap extruding and molding expertise to accelerate new product development

Kingsport, Tenn. – Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) announces the opening of its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) application development center.

The new facility will allow Eastman to combine its portfolio of high-performance additives and specialty polymers with its technical expertise to help compounders, component manufacturers and OEMs develop solutions for exciting new TPE applications.

Additionally, the facility will help Eastman develop novel blends based on its unique line of Eastman copolyester elastomers.

Outfitted with state-of the-art compounding equipment, including single screw and twin screw extruders, a two roll mill, film extrusion (with the capability to co-extrude up to 5 layer films) and injection molding capabilities, the facility will enable component manufacturers and OEMs to develop and test their products with the help and guidance of Eastman experts.

“Bringing together Eastman’s insight and unique products with the know-how and ingenuity of compounders and OEMs, our new facility offers a one-stop-shop for the development and testing of groundbreaking TPE products,” says Carol Perkins, platform leader, Resins & Specialty Polymers.

Eastman Performance Additives and Polymers are engineered to impart improvements in physical, mechanical and elastomeric properties. Eastman additives offer enhanced benefits such as improved viscosity management, improved bondability with substrates, and improved compatibility with feedstocks/fillers.

TPEs are widely specified for soft touch applications including pens, tool and utensil grips, electronics, automotive interiors, and a variety of other consumer, personal care, food preparation, industrial, and office-supply products.

“The opening of this facility is an example of Eastman’s commitment to fostering collaborative efforts with our partners to uncover real-world solutions for an ever-changing marketplace,” comments Perkins.


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