Coalescent targets US architectural coatings market.

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Optifilm Enhancer 400 can be used as sole coalescent in products such as low-odor, low-VOC paints or it can be blended with Texanol Ester Alcohol or Eastman EEH solvent to further optimize balance between VOC and performance properties.



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Eastman Chemical Launches Optifilm Enhancer 400, The Latest Addition to Eastman Coatings Film Technologies Portfolio



KINGSPORT, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2004 -- Eastman Chemical Company today announced the release of Optifilm Enhancer 400, an extremely low-VOC, low-odor coalescent for the U. S. architectural coatings market. Optifilm Enhancer 400 is part of the company's newly established Eastman Coatings Film Technologies portfolio of coalescents. The portfolio is designed to provide coatings chemists more formulation latitude to optimize performance while meeting VOC regulations. Based on the industry leading Texanol Ester Alcohol, Eastman's coalescent portfolio also includes Eastman EEH solvent. Eastman EEH solvent offers a faster evaporating coalescent for high gloss and specialty coatings.

Optifilm Enhancer 400 allows the formulation of very low-VOC paints with minimum performance compromise. Optifilm Enhancer 400 can be used as the sole coalescent in products such as low-odor, very low-VOC paints or it can also be blended with Texanol Ester Alcohol or Eastman EEH solvent to further optimize the balance between VOC and performance properties.

"Optifilm Enhancer 400 is the result of customer-centered initiatives to help formulators meet VOC regulations and consumer preference for low odor. More importantly, they can accomplish this without compromising performance," according to Charlie Giaudrone, global industry leader for building and construction at Eastman.

For more details on Optifilm Enhancer 400, visit eastman.com/optifilm400. For information on the complete family of Eastman Coatings Film Technologies, visit eastman.com/filmtechnologies.

For 70 years, Eastman has been a leading provider of high quality raw materials and services for the global paint and coatings industry. Today, Eastman offers a comprehensive portfolio for use in conventional, high-solids, waterborne and powder coatings for architectural, automotive and industrial applications. Through an aggressive commitment to technology-based innovation, Eastman's coatings business is dedicated to helping its customers deliver the most cost-effective solutions to meet the challenging performance and environmental requirements in today's marketplace.

With headquarters in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. The company employs approximately 12,000 employees and had 2003 sales of US$5.8 billion. For more information about Eastman and its products, visit www.eastman.com.

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