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Eastman Announces JV with Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical to Build World Scale Hydrogenated Hydrocarbon Resin Plant

Eastman Chemical Company today announced a joint venture with Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company Limited to build a world scale hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin plant in Nanjing, China. The venture will be equally owned by the two companies and the facility will produce 50,000 metric tons of Eastmanfs Adhesives and Plasticizers segmentfs Regalite™ hydrocarbon resins upon completion. The facility is expected be operational by the end of 2014 and will increase Eastmanfs total capacity for hydrogenated resins by 50 percent, making Eastman the largest global supplier of hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins.

Regalite™ hydrogenated hydrocarbon resinsfYf are made from mixed aromatic/aliphatic resins which are subsequently selectively hydrogenated to produce a wide range of materials with low color, high stability and broad compatibility. 

Applications: Nonwovens, hot melt adhesives, sealants, coatings, plastics modification, pressure sensitive adhesives, cosmetics

gEastman is committed to growing our hydrogenated resins product line and this joint venture positions us to serve the fast expanding market in Asia,h said Ron Lindsay, executive vice president. gThis new facility reinforces our dedication to growing with our customers and to meeting demand in China and all of Asia.h

gEastman and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company Limited have a strong existing resin production relationship,h said Michael Chung, senior vice president of international ventures. gThis venture is mutually beneficial and globalizes our Regalite™ product line.h

Eastman and Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Company (YPC) have an existing joint venture for the manufacture of Eastman Eastotac™ resins in Nanjing, China. The manufacturing site will be expanded for the new facility. The joint venture leverages the proximity of YPCfs integrated petroleum complex with Eastmanfs technology and market positions.

Regalite™ hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins have been produced since 1985, and are used extensively in a wide variety of hot melt adhesives, polymer compounds and plastic modifications. Thanks to their versatility and broad compatibility, Regalite™ hydrogenated hydrocarbon resins can be formulated with a wide range of polymers, and offer excellent color, stability and adhesion in markets such as packaging and personal hygiene, including disposable diapers.