Eastman continues to invest in PVB sound insulation interlayers worldwide
On September 14, Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) announced the upgrade of its Saflex® polyvinyl butyral (PVB) production facility in Suzhou, China.
This investment reflects Eastman's continued commitment to the glass processing industry and is a positive response to the growing demand from customers in the Asia Pacific region. This upgrade will shorten Eastman's lead time in the region to continue to meet the needs of customers around the world. The upgrade focuses on the production capacity of Eastman's advanced soundproof interlayer film, which is mainly used in the field of laminated glass for automotive and construction.
The Eastman Suzhou plant was established in 2007 to address the growing demand for PVB in the Asian automotive industry. In 2012, Eastman increased the production capacity of PVB interlayers for automotive and construction. This upgrade will increase the production capacity of Eastman soundproof interlayer film products.
“Eastman is looking forward to the upgrade of the sound insulation interlayer film in the Suzhou plant,” said Heather Singler, Global Automotive Marketing Director, Advanced Intermediate Membrane Products, Eastman Specialty Materials. “With this investment, Eastman will further strengthen the service mezzanine. The ability of glass producers to meet the growing demand for high performance, high quality products in the Asia Pacific region. Eastman will continue to invest in production, technology and innovation to support the future needs of the automotive industry."
The Saflex® Q Series is an advanced three-layer PVB interlayer film that significantly reduces noise levels relative to standard automotive windshields and traditional tempered glass, helping to provide consumers with a superior driving experience.
The Eastman plant in Ghent, Belgium and Puebla, Mexico, has a long history of PVB soundproof interlayer production. Today, Eastman is introducing this proven technology to the Suzhou plant. Eastman is committed to creating the highest quality intermediate film products and applying the accumulated expertise over the years to the sound insulation film upgrade project at the Suzhou plant to ensure a globally consistent standard. PVB soundproof interlayer film products from the Suzhou plant will be certified and used by customers in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Saflex PVB interlayers enhance automotive laminated glass performance in a variety of ways, including head-up display technology, thermal insulation, noise reduction, safety, security and UV isolation.