Eastman Chemical Co. has completed its new state-of-the-art urethane extrusion line at its Martinsville, Virginia plant. This new extrusion line, coupled with sourcing partnerships, reinforces Eastman’s versatility, reliability and commitment to the paint protection films (PPF) and window films business, according to the company.
“Eastman has world-class internal manufacturing and external sourcing partnerships that ensure our ability to grow, innovate and serve our customers in this growing market,” said Travis Smith, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s Performance Films business. “The integration provided by this urethane line to produce the raw materials needed to manufacture our paint protection films is a testament to our on-going investments to support the current and future needs of our dealers and channel partners.”
Eastman’s PPF products provide a combination of performance, aesthetics, and installation ease and have resulted in adoption and acceptance by dealers and customers around the world, according to the company. Eastman continues to drive investments related to product development and innovation, manufacturing and quality excellence, and consumer marketing programs to support development and growth of the window film and protective film markets.
The company also has announced a series of significant investments in PPF over the past year, including a Performance Films Patterns and Software Center of Excellence, a major capacity expansion at its Martinsville manufacturing facility and the launch of a new generation of PPF.
“This is part of a series of investments we’re making to continue innovating and differentiating Eastman as a uniquely integrated manufacturer and marketer of paint protection films,” said Darrell Reed, commercial director. “We are excited that this investment provides significant flexibility for future innovation of Eastman’s paint protection film portfolio and achieves Eastman’s vision of being the world’s preferred manufacturer of paint protection films.”
Performance Films is a part of Eastman’s Advanced Materials business segment.