Our company was spun off from Kodak in 1994. Today, we are an international chemical company that produces a wide range of chemicals, plastics and fibers.
Related to pine chemicals, Eastman acquired geographic synergies through manufacturing presence in the United States, Europe and Latin America and business synergies from a complementary line of products and technologies that make the affiliation a natural fit. Customers will benefit because they can better satisfy their formulation requirements with one supplier, which offers economies of scale, single-point contact and streamlined administrative processing.
The products and manufacturing facilities from Hercules have brought us the capability to manufacture tall oil fatty acids used internally as a major raw material for coatings resins brought by the acquisition of McWhorter as well as for the merchant market. The TOFA products are also further upgraded into the PamolynR oleic and linoleic fatty acid product family.
Produced from crude tall oil (CTO), tall oil rosins are used to make resins for our adhesives raw materials and Lawter's inks. Tall oil rosins and derivatives are also supplied to the merchant market.
While Eastman has manufacturing facilities for gum rosins through a Lawter joint venture in Nan Ping, China, and at former Hercules locations, including Uruapan, Mexico, we also purchase gum rosins for use in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Gum rosins are a major raw material used in the production of Lawter's ink resins, and by our latest acquisition, Hercules Resins, to produce adhesive resins.
This division produces hundreds of our specialty products that are key ingredients in paints and coatings, in many different adhesive applications, in inks, and for other applications for our specialty polymers.
We have a long history of supplying raw materials to the adhesives and sealants industry, from EastotacR, Petro-RezR and RegaliteR hydrocarbon resins to Eastman AQR polyesters.
Typical applications include pressure sensitive tapes and labels, hot melt adhesives for packaging and other needs, laminating, caulks and sealants, cable filling and flooding, asphalt modification, roofing, and wax blends.
Pine chemicals for the adhesives industry include Foral-ER fully hydrogenated gum rosin, StaybeliteR Ester-E partially hydrogenated gum rosin ester and PermalynR 3100 TOR ester.
Pine rosins are remarkable because they are made from a renewable resource: softwood forests, harvested under a program of sustainable yield that represents environmentally responsible management of our natural resources.
Public concern about protecting the environment is increasing. Air, land and water pollution; excessive energy consumption; solid-waste management; and recycling are major issues worldwide. We are also concerned about these issues and are committed to providing sound solutions to these problems through our people, technology and resources.
We are proud that Hercules, which joined the Eastman family in 2001, was recognized with the Safety Award in 1999 and 2000 from the Pine Chemicals Association.
We now offer the industry's broadest range of hydrocarbon and rosin resin derivatives. We are ranked as the No. 2 supplier in the adhesives marketplace.
Company benefits are:
Chemical functionality - key technologies in adhesives, inks and coatings;
Improved market position - adhesives raw materials and graphic inks.
e-business processes, which will benefit and can be applied to this industry.
This article is based on a presentation to the Pine Chemicals Association Conference held in Biarritz, France, Oct. 14-16, 2001. Contributors include Roberta Gill, Martha Lane, Juan Magrans, Lynn Newton and Katherine Watkins. For additional information on adhesives raw materials, call Eastman Chemical Co. at 1-800-EASTMAN or visit the Web site www.eastman.com. Or Circle No. 65.