Eastman Chemical extends relationship with ChemPoint.com, contracts e-distributor to carry its AQ and Eastek sulfopolyesters to formulators, end-use customers in U.S. and Canada markets

KINGSPORT, Tennessee , July 19, 2011 (press release) – Eastman Chemical Company today announced that it has extended its relationship with ChemPoint.com, a leading online distributor of fine and specialty chemicals. As of July 1st, 2011, Eastman has begun a phased migration of Eastman AQ™ and Eastek™ water-dispersible sulfopolyester products to ChemPoint in North America with an expected completion date sometime in October of this year. ChemPoint will actively market and offer sales and customer service for these products to customers in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are excited to enhance our offering by expanding our relationship with ChemPoint to carry our Eastman AQ™ and Eastek™products,” says Erin Bernhardt, business manager of Cellulose Esters and Polyesters for Eastman. “ChemPoint is uniquely suited to provide excellent customer service to formulators and end-use customers.”

Water-dispersible sulfopolyesters are multifunctional film forming polymers that deliver value in formulated adhesives, coatings, graphic arts, textiles and personal care. Upon migration of the product line, ChemPoint will manage the order and fulfillment process for Eastman’s water-dispersible sulfopolyesters in North America.

"ChemPoint is pleased to expand our value adding product selection to customers through broadening our offering of Eastman’s portfolio of Eastman AQ™ and Eastek™ sulfopolyesters into additional markets,” says Rick Hoener, ChemPoint’s Polymer Business Director. “Our growing relationship with Eastman demonstrates the effectiveness of our innovative business model and success of our dedicated marketing and sales teams.”

Effective July 01, 2011, ChemPoint has begun to proactively contact customers to make them aware of the product portfolio and services provided by Eastman. To purchase material, customers can contact ChemPoint via telephone at 800-485-9569, fax at 425-378-8675, e-mail at orders@chempoint.com or online through www.chempoint.com. Prospective customers can receive immediate technical support and request samples by calling 800-485-9569 or by e-mailing sales@chempoint.com.

About ChemPoint.com
As the leading “e-distributor” of specialty and fine chemicals in Europe and North America, ChemPoint.com engages in exclusive product line relationships with premier manufacturers. From its European and North American interaction centers, ChemPoint (www.chempoint.com) provides its suppliers with marketing, sales, customer service and order fulfillment solutions for their targeted customer segments. ChemPoint is a Univar company. With a network of more than 170 distribution facilities, Univar (www.univar.com) is a world leader in chemical distribution.
Eastman’s chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets and geographies it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., USA, Eastman had 2010 sales of $5.8 billion.

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