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Eastman begins producing materials needed to help make 10,000 face shields

April 02/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Eastman announced on Tuesday that the company has partnered with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Austin Peay State University to support the production of 10,000 face shields for medical personnel in Nashville, according to WJHL.

According to a release from Eastman, materials like rolls of PETG film and a copolyester used for medical packaging to help produce the face shields.

The Eastman team that made this happen has my thanks, and I find this work and numerous other efforts like it happening around the world to be inspiring, said Steve Crawford, Eastmans chief technology and sustainability officer. The need here is very real and life-changing. Health care workers are in dire need of help as they are on the front lines of battling COVID-19, and Im proud to be part of an Eastman team that always steps up when help is needed.

Eastman and THEC hope to produce the 10,000 face shields using 3D printers at different colleges and universities across Tennessee.

As MRC reported earlier, in 2016, Eastman Chemical's chief executive Mark Costa announced that the company  wanted to reduce its surplus ethylene and commodity intermediates, but did not intend to sell its cracker in Longview, Texas.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 215,390 tonnes in the first month of 2020, up by 23% year on year. Shipments of all grades of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) increased due to higher capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 127,240 tonnes in January 2020, up by 33% year on year. ZapSibNeftekhim's homopolymer PP accounted for the main increase in shipments.

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, adhesives, Eastman Chemical, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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