PolyOne Corporation, a global polymer supplier, announced a strategic alliance with Eastman Chemical Company that will enable the companies to combine performance-enhancing additives with Eastman’s Tritan copolyester to develop and market new compounded materials. The agreement also designates PolyOne as the exclusive compounder of filled systems for Eastman’s new durable, heat-resistant copolyester in North America.
The Tritan copolyester offers processing advantages including faster molding cycles, fewer production steps and some reduction in energy usage. Tritan can also be molded with lower levels of residual stress as compared with polycarbonate, making it ideal for molded parts within reusable niche containers that may be washed in the dishwasher.
“We are pleased that Eastman is looking to PolyOne for its technology and service capabilities to fulfill the technical and commercial promise of this versatile new plastic,” said Craig M. Nikrant, vice president and general manager, Specialty Engineered Materials. “Our global operations allow us to serve our customers with specialty compounds across the world. This strategic partnership affirms PolyOne’s commitment to its specialization strategy and provides a unique value offering to help our customers build a competitive advantage.”