Specialist Eastman Chemical has responded to booming demand for phthalate-free plasticisers by expanding the output capacity of its Eastman 168 additive by 15%.
The chemical, which is di-2-ethylhexyl terephthalate (DEHT), is being used as an alternative to phthalate plasticisers in food contact, medical and an increasingly wide range of other applications.
Eastman reports that it expects the global market for DEHT to reach 500,000 tonnes in 2014. Its capacity has now been increased to 200,000 tonnes per year.
The boost in output of Eastman 168 has been completed by expanding the production capacity at the company's existing facility at Texas City, in the US. The director of Eastman's plasticiser business unit, Jon Woods, says: 'We are pleased with the completion of this important expansion. Since this expansion leveraged an existing asset, it was completed with minimal capital investment.'
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