Eastman Chemical receives EDANA Index14 Innovation in Raw Material Award for its Eastman Cyphrex microfibers, which can be used for specialty papers, air and liquid filtration, battery separators

KINGSPORT, Tennessee , April 11, 2014 (press release) – Innovation in raw material award presented on exhibition’s opening day

Eastman Chemical Company received the EDANA INDEX14 Innovation in Raw Material Award for its Eastman Cyphrex™ microfibers. EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, presented the award on April 8, the opening day of INDEX14 in Geneva, Switzerland. INDEX, billed as the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition, is held every three years.

Launched in 2013, the new and groundbreaking Eastman Cyphrex™ microfibers platform, enables nonwovens solutions unlike anything else on the market. It has become a novel resource for media and downstream component manufacturers.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from a leading international association such as EDANA,” said Tim N. Dell, vice president, innovation, marketing, sales and pricing, Eastman Chemical Company. “We are continuously investing in growing our application development expertise to address customer needs with market-changing products that offer an entirely new level of performance.”

Eastman Cyphrex™ microfibers offer a unique combination of capability in variation of size, shape and material, a high level of uniformity and consistency, and ease of wetlaid processing. This combination opens new possibilities to nonwovens formulators and their customers in achieving an expanded reach of desired properties with a high degree of precision and consistency.

Earlier this year, Eastman enhanced its platform capability with a new 4.5-micron PET fiber, demonstrating the company’s capability of changing size. Manufacturers can use this unique fiber to pinpoint permeability and pore size and to improve media uniformity.

Customers have the potential to use Eastman Cyphrex™ microfibers in such markets as air and liquid filtration; specialty papers; and battery separators.

For more information about Eastman Cyphrex™ microfibers, visit www.EastmanCyphrex.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.

For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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