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Eastman to Showcase Cutting Edge Glass Applications at Glasstec Fair on Oct. 23- 26 in Düsseldorf

Inventive new uses of glass will be showcased at Eastman Chemical Company’s (NYSE: EMN) booth at Glasstec, the world’s largest glass fair, on October 23- 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Eastman exhibit is in booth Hall 11-A60 at the Messe Düsseldorf. The booth will feature interactive exhibits and show-stopping photography as the company unveils the latest product glazing technologies for architectural, automotive and photovoltaic applications. Eastman will also unveil the winners of its architectural global design competition, the Solutia World of Color Awards™: Inspired by Vanceva®, which honors projects that have employed the use of the company’s Vanceva interlayers for color.

Booth Highlights

Fuel efficiency, driver comfort improved with Saflex S series Solar Absorbing PVB for automobiles

Saflex® S series represents an award winning breakthrough in the automotive industry, with the introduction of a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers that effectively absorb solar heat transmitted through the vehicle’s glazing, which reduces air conditioning usage and improves vehicle fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Saflex S has been recognized by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan with the 2012 New Product Innovation Award for Automotive Glazing Material. Saflex S series also garnered the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, marking the first time an automotive-grade PVB has been recognized for its ability to block 99%+ of UVA and UVB radiation.

Saflex S series interlayers are also available in an acoustic version, Saflex Q Series Solar. The interlayer provides a threefold benefit by blocking solar UV and IR (heat), while reducing noise that enters the vehicle through the glass. Reduced cabin noise from wind noise and other external sources allows hands-free phone systems, voice-activated and other specially tuned audio systems to work more effectively. Visitors can experience the solar heat reduction with a demonstration showcasing the benefits of Saflex S series advanced solar absorbing interlayers and the company’s newly acquired XIR reflective films.

Saflex DG Structural PVB Gives Designers New Choices for Glass Applications

With new structural interlayers from Saflex, glass can now be effectively used in a variety of structural applications, including exposed edge laminates, floors, stairs, balconies, canopies, point glazing systems, clip systems, captured systems, curtain wall, sloped and overhead glazing. Saflex DG structural PVB is designed specifically for applications in which increased interlayer rigidity and high glass adhesion are required relative to standard glazing interlayers. With Saflex DG, laminates can sustain higher uniform loads with the same glass thickness, or the glass thickness can be reduced and still achieve the same loading.

Quiet, Please

Saflex Q series is an advanced acoustic interlayer used for architectural and automotive glazing applications. It allows laminators to produce glass laminates with enhanced acoustical properties compared to laminates made with standard polyvinyl butyral (PVB).Visitors will able to “hear the difference” that Saflex Q series makes in architectural glazing applications with an interactive exhibit.

Solutia World of Color Awards Winners Announced

Architects around the globe competed in the Solutia World of Color Awards™: Inspired by Vanceva®. The international competition pays tribute to architects and designers who have demonstrated innovative and liberal use of Solutia’s Vanceva® color interlayers for laminated glass in their work. Enlarged photographs of the winning entries, which depict the bold use of color from all corners of the globe, will be displayed in the booth.

Eastman Acquires Solutia

In July 2012, Eastman Chemical Company acquired Solutia Inc., supporting their growth strategy by expanding the company’s geographic reach, especially in emerging markets, and establishing a more diverse and sustainable product portfolio. Eastman and the former Solutia share several key fundamentals, such as complementary technologies and business capabilities, a polymer science backbone, similar operating philosophies and a high performance culture. In addition, the overlap of key end-markets is expected to provide opportunities for growth. For additional product information, including product brochures, technical data, product offering and samples, please visit

About Eastman:

Eastman is a global specialty chemicals company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, additives and functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers that are found in products people use every day. As a world leader in the diverse markets it serves, Eastman is focused on delivering innovative and technology-based solutions while maintaining its commitment to safety and sustainability. Serving customers in approximately 100 countries, Eastman had 2011 pro forma revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.3 billion. The company is based in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and, with the completion of the Solutia acquisition, now employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit

© 2012 Eastman Chemical Company. All rights reserved. Saflex®, Vanceva®, World of Color Awards™ and Radiance Logo™ are trademarks of Solutia Inc., a subsidiary of the Eastman Chemical Company. As used herein, ® denotes registered status in the U.S. only.

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