Eastman Chemical Co. has
established bulk storage capacity in the European Union (EU) for its non-phthalate
168 and Eastman DBT.
The expansion in bulk
storage capacity, located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, supplements Eastman’s
existing local bulk storage for Eastman TXIBTM
plasticizer and has been established in response to rapidly growing demand for
all three products in the European market.
“Eastman recognizes the
increasing demand for non-phthalate plasticizers in Europe
and that customers need the reliability of supply that comes from having large
quantities of product available quickly, from a local source,” said Eastman’s
Dr. Steve Cullen, global business manager for plasticizers. “With rapidly
growing demands for Eastman 168 plasticizer and for our recently introduced
high-solvating product Eastman DBT, we have moved to ensure the same
reliability of supply that European users of Eastman TXIB have come to depend
on for many years.”
A versatile plasticizer for
PVC, Eastman 168 has a long and growing track record of regulatory approvals.
It has been demonstrated to be an easy drop-in replacement for some of the most
popular ortho-phthalate products currently experiencing global
regulatory pressure, and it is particularly suited for use in sensitive
applications such as toys, medical devices, and food contact materials.
With traditional fast-fusing
phthalate plasticizers undergoing reclassification, increased regulatory
pressure or discontinuation in Europe, Eastman
DBT was launched earlier this year to provide PVC processors with a new, high-solvating,
low-viscosity plasticizer solution. Eastman DBT is particularly suitable for
use in PVC plastisols and water-based adhesive applications as a drop-in
alternative that has no warning label or risk phrase requirements.
Eastman TXIB is a
long-established and successful non-phthalate plasticizer used in a range of
applications. Recently, it has found new utility in non-PVC applications such
as the waterborne adhesives industry in PVAc homopolymer and VAE copolymer
For more information, visit www.EastmanPlasticizers.com