Saturday, June 4, 2011

Eastman Announces Debottleneck of Isobutyric Acid Manufacture

 Eastman Chemical Company announces it is planning a significant debottlenecking in manufacture of its isobutyric acid at its Longview, Texas, facility. The production debottleneck, scheduled for a December 2011 completion, will add an additional 20 million pounds of capacity to help support growing internal and external needs for the acid.

“We have completed what can be seen as a significant debottleneck in our production for Eastman™ isobutyric acid,” says Chip Millican, business manager for Organic Intermediates in Eastman’s Performance Chemicals and Intermediates segment. "We are seeing a growing demand, both internally and externally, for the product. This additional capacity will enable us to meet those needs.”

“The debottlenecking will allow us to continue to be a reliable global supplier for years to come,” adds Millican. “In 2010 we added additional manufacturing capability at our Singapore facility of 3 million pounds and completed a 10 million pound expansion in 2009 at our Longview, Texas, site. Eastman is the largest isobutyric acid manufacturer in the world.”

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