Eastman Chemical Company announced a debottleneck of butyric acid production capacity at its Kingsport, Tennessee, facility. The debottleneck, scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2013, will add an additional 11 million pounds of capacity to support growing internal and external demand for the acid.
"Eastman is committed to the butyric acid market for the long term," says Chip Millican, business manager for Eastman's Organic Intermediates business unit of the Specialty Fluids and Intermediates business segment. "We carefully monitor the requirements of this growing global market. This expansion will satisfy the needs we currently have forecasted, and we have the capability to expand further as the demand for Eastman's butyric acid grows."