Eastman Assists in PPE Production

April 1, 2020 Eastman Assists in PPE Production

Eastman Chemical Co. recently partnered with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Austin Peay State University to assist in the local production of more than 10,000 protective face shields.

Eastman donated rolls of PETG film, a copolyester commonly used for rigid medical packaging and medical devices, to THEC. The commission then worked with Austin Peay using 3D printers to manufacture the face shields. The shields will be distributed to medical personnel throughout the Nashville, Tennessee, area. Currently health care professionals in the area are facing a shortage of personal protective equipment in the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak.

“The Eastman team that made this happen has my thanks, and I find this work and numerous other efforts like it happening around the world to be inspiring,” said Steve Crawford, Eastman’s chief technology and sustainability officer. “The need here is very real and life-changing. Health care workers are in dire need of help as they are on the front lines of battling COVID-19, and I’m proud to be part of an Eastman team that always steps up when help is needed.”

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Kingsport, Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co. manufactures a broad range of solvents and solutions including adhesives, fibers, and cleaning chemicals. For more information, visit