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Eastman opens new paint spray facility.

Eastman Chemical Company recently opened a state-of-the-art paint spray facility at its global headquarters in Kingsport, TN. The first of its kind by a coatings raw material supplier, the new paint spray facility is the culmination of a 12-month, multi-million dollar investment in personnel, construction, equipment and technology.

The new facility allows reproducible application of coatings using current industrial techniques under controlled environmental conditions. In so doing, it facilitates the development and testing of innovative coating additives that help improve the performance of automotive OEM, refinish and other coatings in a variety of industrial settings and environments.

"Our customers' demand for environmentally compliant coatings, and the changeover to waterborne paints has made rigorous and innovative paint testing all the more crucial," said Dirk DiSantis, global marketing manager, coatings for Eastman. "Our new multifaceted facility will help paint formulators to faster and more effectively meet the specific environmental and performance needs of their customers."

The facility is engineered to precisely replicate the wide range of climate conditions, including temperature and humidity, faced by paint shops, as well as the line conditions of most industrial paint application lines.

"This upgrade to our research capabilities provides for a holistic assessment of product performance," said DiSantis. "In addition to traditionally measuring an additive's effect on coating film properties, the strict control systems of the new application facility will now also allow us to measure the effect of our additives on paint applications performance."

"Global manufacturers with widely dispersed production and assembly facilities meet to ensure the uniformity and quality of color and finish across the supply chain," said David Allen, technical director, coatings for Eastman. "Since conditions on the painting line can vary widely based on region and climate, the need for reliable coatings additives that can help paint suppliers compensate for this variability is continually increasing."

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Title Annotation:Fresh Paint
Publication:Coatings World
Date:Jul 1, 2007
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