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IDEA13 Exhibitor Preview: Eastman Chemical Co. (Addendum)

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - April 23, 2013 - The new and highly innovative Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers are launching today at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo, which runs April 23 to 25 in Miami Beach, Fla. The microfibers platform from Eastman Chemical Company enables nonwovens solutions unlike anything the market has ever seen, becoming an innovation resource for media and component manufacturers and OEMs.

Revolutionary new offering
Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers provide the potential for a unique, game-changing fibers tool kit. These microfibers offer tunable fiber properties of size, shape and material that provide the wet-laid nonwoven producers with competitive advantages that aren't currently available. The microfibers have demonstrated nearly drop-in compatibility with existing wet-laid nonwoven processes. Customers have the potential to use Cyphrex microfibers in such markets as air, water or fuel filtration; specialty papers; and battery separators.

"The technology behind Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers and the functionality it enables is unique and revolutionary, unlike anything else on the market," said Mark J. Costa, executive vice president, Eastman Chemical Company. "These microfibers unlock possibilities that provide innovation in the nonwovens marketplace by allowing cost-effective access to a previously unavailable size range of highly uniform synthetic fibers. Consequently, we believe these new possibilities will result in breakthrough product performance, quality and value for specialty nonwovens."

Unmatched capabilities
Eastman has invested in growing its application development expertise to help address specific customer and market needs. This experience, combined with the capability to manipulate the size, shape and material of Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers, enables market-changing solutions for an entirely new level of performance.

Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers, which are less than 5 microns in diameter, deliver a high surface-to-mass ratio and offer a narrow diameter distribution. They provide optionality of fiber cross-sections in shapes such as round, flat and wedge. The fiber material can consist of different polymer types, such as PET, PP and nylon, and has consistent properties that enable unprecedented formulations and design flexibility.

The ability to customize size, shape and material offers functional and competitive advantages for nonwovens media in areas such as strength, uniformity and targeted permeability.

"To satisfy challenging industry needs, the technology behind Eastman Cyphrex(TM) provides a revolution in microfibers," said Fred Dulin, director, microfibers platform, Eastman Chemical Company. "Our innovation allows precise, consistent and unique fiber designs that are thoughtfully and purposefully created for varied applications across numerous markets."

Working together
With an extensive history of working closely and collaboratively with its customers at all stages of product development, Eastman is applying its enhanced capabilities in fibers and polymer solutions to help customers unlock possibilities in microfibers and shorten the innovation cycle in media and rolled goods.

Eastman -- a leading global specialty chemical company -- has long had an investment in research and development and manufacturing for many successful products. To support the Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers, at its Kingsport, Tenn., headquarters, Eastman has a world-class synthetic fibers developmental spinning line as well as a nonwoven and specialty paper research lab.

To learn more about Eastman Cyphrex(TM) microfibers and speak to the experts who helped develop this new and innovative offering, visit Booth 1469 at the IDEA13 show.

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