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Eastman Launches Laboratory in Shanghai

25 November 2005

Eastman Chemical Company last week inaugurated its China Lab in Shanghai, to support the development of new formulations and performance-enhancing applications for North Asia-based customers.

Eastman’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Greg O. Nelson unveiled the new facility, the first of its kind in the region, with customer representatives and employees at a grand ribbon cutting ceremony. “The China Lab represents Eastman’s latest commitment to the Chinese market,” said Greg O Nelson. “This strategic investment enables us to introduce our world-class expertise and decades of technical excellence to this dynamic market, for the benefit of our local customers.”

The Eastman China Lab is located in the Pudong New Development Area of Shanghai. Scientists and engineers at the Eastman China Lab will partner with local universities, customers and research institutions to provide faster, enhanced technical assistance as well as facilitate strategic or joint development projects and partnerships.

“With this newly established technology group, we’ll work to enhance customer satisfaction by providing joint technology development and innovative solutions right here, where our customers are,” said James Dickerson, Eastman’s technology service manager for China. “When they succeed, we succeed.” The lab currently has eight full-time scientists and engineers on staff, and Dickerson anticipates it will grow to support Eastman's expanding businesses in the North America region.