Published On: Wed, Jul 8th, 2009

Eastman Launches New Non-Phthalate Plasticizer in EU

Eastman Chemical Company announced the EU launch of its new, high solvating, non-phthalate plasticizer, Eastman™ DBT.

Eastman™ DBT builds on Eastman’s decades of expertise as a global supplier of plasticizers and leader in the manufacture of phthalate alternatives. Eastman™ DBT is particularly suitable for use in PVC plastisols and water-based adhesive applications. Eastman™ DBT has already received clearance by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in certain food-contact applications (Food Contact Notification No. 597).

With traditional fast fusing phthalate plasticizers undergoing reclassification, increased regulatory pressure or discontinuation in Europe, Eastman™ DBT provides PVC processors with a new, high solvating, low viscosity plasticizer solution, and in water-based adhesives, a drop-in alternative to traditional plasticizers, with no warning label or risk phrase requirements.

Eastman™ DBT is available in bulk quantities in from Eastman’s EU-based storage and extensive supply network.

“Eastman is meeting the need for a non-phthalate plasticizer to meet Europe’s evolving regulatory landscape. We’ve built on our core areas of expertise and years of experience to design and realize a competitive solution that further adds to our phthalate alternative portfolio” says Dr. Steve Cullen, Eastman’s business manager for plasticizers.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. It provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products; is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers; and produces PET polymers for packaging. As a Responsible Care® company, Eastman is committed to achieving the highest standards of health, safety, environmental and security performance. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2008 sales of $6.7 billion and approximately 10,200 employees.