Manufacturing Capacity Increased at Eastman Chemical
|A liquid crystal polymer with good knit-line strength is engineered for thin-wall applications.|
Eastman Chemical Corp. (Kingsport, TN) has modified its existing facilities to begin the production of 6.5 million lb of liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) annually. To meet expanding demand for high-quality polymers, the plastics manufacturer plans to use the new resources to produce an LCP specifically formulated for thin-wall applications. Marketed under the name Titan, this material has good knit-line strength and is heat resistant and flame retardant. Dimensional stability and low shrinkage make it suitable for complex electronic parts, medical instruments, dental trays, and ceramic replacements. A variety of low-warp and glass-loading grades will be available in lubricated and nonlubricated forms starting this month. Corporate officials estimate that Titan LCP will be marketed through the specialty chemicals and plastics wing after a recently announced corporate initiative to split the firm into two publicly traded companies takes effect.