KINGSPORT, TENN. -- Eastman Chemical Company announced the discontinuance of manufacture and supply of two of its ortho-phthalate plasticizers. As of Dec. 31, 2011, Eastman will no longer offer Eastman™ diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) plasticizers.
"With the recent acquisition of the Benzoflex™ family of benzoate plasticizers and the launch of Eastman™ di-n-butyl terephthalate (DBT) non-phthalate plasticizer, we have an excellent and broad offering of non-phthalate alternatives in the fast-fusing, high-solvating segment that meet our customers' needs," said Dr. Steve Cullen, Business Manager - Plasticizer Strategy, Eastman. "Eastman™ DEP and Eastman™ DBP have been part of our portfolio for many years, but no longer form part of our strategic growth plans or vision of the future."
Eastman will continue to manufacture and deliver Eastman™ DEP and Eastman™ DBP throughout the remainder of this calendar year. During this time, it will be business as usual for existing customers and Eastman will work to ensure these customers a smooth transition and will strive to accommodate any additional needs that customers may have.
Eastman's chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., USA, Eastman had 2010 sales of $5.8 billion.