Eastman Chemical Co. has completed its expansion of production capabilities at its Saflex® polyvinyl butyral (PVB) facility in Suzhou, China. The expansion is specifically focused on enhancing production capabilities and capacity for Eastman advanced acoustic interlayer products for use in laminated glass for automotive and architectural applications.

This expansion will allow Eastman to continue serving global customers’ needs in the Asia-Pacific region with shorter lead times.

Eastman’s Suzhou site was established in 2007 to meet growing demand for PVB in automotive applications in Asia. In 2012, production capacity for both automotive and architectural PVB interlayers was added.

“Eastman is very excited to establish acoustic interlayer capabilities at our Suzhou facility,” says Heather Singler, global automotive director for Eastman Advanced Materials Segment Advanced Interlayers Products. “With this investment, Eastman is further strengthening our ability to serve glass laminators and supply the increasing demand for high performance, high0quality products for the Asia-Pacific region. Eastman remains committed to manufacturing, technology, and innovation investments to support the future needs of the automotive industry.”