Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) today announced plans to expand 2-EH capacity at its Longview, Texas, site. The expansion will increase capacity by approximately 32,000 metric tons and will include a 4,500 metric ton debottleneck in October of this year for a total capacity increase near 37,000 metric tons.
The company expects to complete the expansion by mid- 2012. In support of the 2-EH expansion, a 40,000 metric ton expansion of butyraldehyde will also occur at the site.
“This increase in capacity reinforces our commitment to reliably supply our 2-EH customers while also supporting growth in our plasticizer business for products like Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer,” said Ron Lindsay, executive vice president, performance polymers and chemical intermediates.
An oxo derivative, 2-EH is used in end products such as plasticizers, like Eastman 168™ non-phthalate plasticizer, 2 ethylhexyl acrylate, and additives for fuels and lube oils. End markets for 2-EH include building and construction, transportation, medical, consumables, and durable goods manufacture.