KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Co. announced the consolidation of its adhesives and graphic arts businesses. The new business unit, Adhesives, Polymers and Inks, will be headed by Don Blair as general manager. Blair is currently general manager of Eastman’s Adhesives and Polymers business unit.

“Our goal is to provide customers with products, services and solutions they want and value,” explained Francois Vleugels, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers and Inks business. “In order to rapidly identify and respond to market dynamics, we will combine the graphic arts organization and the adhesives organization, effective Oct. 1, 2002.” Vleugels added that combining the businesses allows Eastman to take advantage of technologies and competencies common to both businesses.

John O’Mahoney, currently chief executive officer of Eastman Resins, Inc., will assist with the business transition before leaving Eastman Chemical Co. to pursue other opportunities in October.

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