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Eastman to expand its Benzoflex plasticizer line in Estonia

September 12/2011

(Plastemart) -- Eastman Chemical Company announced a second expansion of its Benzoflex plasticizer line at the Kohtla-Jarve, Estonia, site. The expansion will increase Benzoflex capacity at the site by an additional 11 KT and is expected to be completed by the end of Q2 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 KT and is also expected to be completed by the end of Q2 2012. A benzoic acid derivative, Benzoflex is used in coatings, adhesives, sealants and caulks, and is also used to provide flexibility to PVC in a wide variety of applications, including vinyl flooring.

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