LONGVIEW, Texas—Eastman Chemical Co. will expand 2-EH capacity at its facility in Longview.
The expansion will increase capacity be about 20,000 metric tons per year and expects the project to be complete in this year's fourth quarter.
The firm also will undergo a 25,000-ton expansion of butyraldehyde and just completed a 32,000-ton expansion of 2-EH in April of 2012.
“In the short time since our last 2-EH capacity increase, we have seen a strong demand growth for this product,” said Juan Moncada, business unit director of Eastman's oxo chemicals business unit. “We are committed to reliable supply for our 2-EH customers while also supporting internal growth for products like our Eastman 168 non-phthalate plasticizers.”
An oxo derivative, 2-EH is used in products like plasticizers and additives for fuel and lube oils. Markets for 2-EH include building and construction, transportation, medical, consumables, and durable goods manufacture.