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Eastman Introduces SolusTM Performance Additives
for VOC Compliant Coatings Applications
Engineered for both waterborne and high solids solventborne systems

Kingsport, Tenn. (March 31, 2009) – Eastman Chemical Company introduces its SolusTM Performance Additives for VOC-compliant waterborne and high solids solventborne systems.

Engineered for low-VOC systems, the SolusTM performance additive family can offer faster dry-to-touch time, excellent anti-sag behavior, a wider window of polishability, improved gloss after polishing and ease of sanding in automotive, industrial maintenance, aerospace, and cabinetry/furniture applications.

The performance additive family’s first commercialized product, SolusTM 2100, was introduced at ECS 2007 and quickly gained market success. Additional SolusTM product introductions are anticipated for later this year.

The proprietary technology behind SolusTM performance additives leverages Eastman’s chemistry expertise in order to meet diverse customer needs based on region, end-use applications, and environmental conditions within the manufacturing facility, refinish shop, or for field-applied coatings.

Building on this history of coatings-industry leadership, Eastman announces another customer-focused innovation: performance-additive development based on structured and standardized customer feedback through a comprehensive assessment, enabling rheology refinements to meet their waterborne system needs.                                                                                               

While Eastman has historically collaborated closely and productively with its customers, Eastman’s innovative new approach – working with customers to identify specific SolusTM performance additives based on the needs of the market – demonstrates Eastman’s commitment to the industry and to delivering meaningful solutions.

“Eastman continues to develop highly specialized performance products that meet the evolving demands of our customers,” says Tammy Nave, Eastman’s Global Industry Leader for Coatings. “We are already hard at work with our partners, demonstrating the efficacy of Solus performance additives in achieving VOC-compliance for high solids solventborne systems and developing the waterborne additives of tomorrow.”

Eastman’s SolusTM 2100 remains available commercially in Europe, North America and Asia. Further products are slated to be introduced in 2009 and beyond based on customer feedback. For more information, please go to www.eastman.com

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics worldwide. It provides key differentiated coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products; is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers; and produces PET polymers for packaging. As a Responsible Care® company, Eastman is committed to achieving the highest standards of health, safety, environmental and security performance. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman is a FORTUNE 500 company with 2008 sales of $6.7 billion and approximately 10,500 employees.

For more information about Eastman and its products, visit www.eastman.com or contact Jeanine de Bos, Marketing Communications, at +31 10 2402 880 or Jdebos@eastman.com.

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