One of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies Eastman Chemical Company has announced that the completion of its new Asia Pacific Technical Centre (APTC) in Alexandra Technopark, Singapore. The technology centre comprises of added technological capabilities in chemicals R&D, and a 24×7 laboratory facility redesign aimed at energy savings of up to 50 percent.
“The enhanced technology centre is Eastman’s commitment to developing capabilities and growth in Singapore and the region,” said Dr. Gregory W. Nelson (Greg Nelson), Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Eastman Chemical Company. “It also demonstrates Eastman’s dedication to sustainability and echoes Singapore’s sustainability blueprint for enhanced resource efficiency to help overcome resource limitation for growth.”
“Eastman’s newly completed Asia Pacific Technical Centre allows the company to better support their customers’ evolving needs. Through its comprehensive presence in Singapore – from manufacturing to innovation and HQ activities – and by leveraging Singapore’s innovation capabilities and proximity to the consumer, Eastman will be able to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in Asia for Asia,” said Eugene Leong, Director for Energy and Chemicals at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
The Asia Pacific Technical Centre also absorbs the Solutia Technical Services Team following the completion of the US$4.8 billion acquisition of Solutia in mid-2012, the largest acquisition in Eastman’s history. It plans to further strengthen local headcount in the next few years to grow the Performance Films and Interlayers businesses in Asia Pacific as part of a diversified portfolio strategy for sustainable growth. Furthermore, with the philosophy of “All IN FOR SAFETY”, Eastman is striving to achieve the ultimate zero-injuries goal. The new 1128-square-meter technical centre is fully compliant with all of the local regulations with increased petroleum and flammable storage capacity to address hazard issues.
Eastman focuses on sustainability and innovation to drive growth in key end markets with growing consumer base. The company follows a sustainability-centric approach aligned with customer needs. It is only one of two chemical companies to ever achieve the distinction of ENERGY STAR ® Partner of the Year and the only chemical company to receive it more than once.