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Eastman Expands Plasticizer Capacity

Eastman Chemical Co. recently announced a second expansion of its Benzoflex™ plasticizer line at the site in Kohtla-Järve, Estonia. The expansion will increase Benzoflex capacity at the site by an additional 11,000 metric tons and is expected to be completed by the end of second quarter 2012.

The company also announced plans for expansion of the Benzoflex plasticizers and Admex™ polymeric plasticizers lines at its Chestertown, MD, and Kingsport, TN, sites. The total capacity for the expansions in North America is approximately 9,000 metric tons and is also expected to be completed by the end of second quarter 2012.

“These expansions reflect the continuing growth in demand for alternatives to traditional phthalate products,” said Heidi Barnes, business director, Oxo and Plasticizers. “The additional capacity will allow our Performance Chemicals and Intermediates segment to satisfy increasing customer demand for non-phthalate plasticizers.”

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