Eastman Chemical Co. has acquired Brazilian plasticizer manufacturer Scandiflex do Brasil S.A. Indústrias Químicas in part of its ongoing bid to become a leader in non-phthalate plasticizer products. Located in the state of São Paulo at Mauá, Scandiflex's 2010 sales revenue was in excess of $54 million. In addition to regional diversification of both sales and manufacturing, Eastman said Scandiflex also brings several complimentary non-phthalate products to its plasticizer portfolio, which falls under its Performance Chemicals and Intermediates (PCI) segment. The non-phthalate plasticizer has more than 30 years of use in sensitive applications such as medical devices, food contact, toys and childcare articles.
Scandiflex, which was founded in 1965, has a diversified line of polymeric and monomeric plasticizers, including phthalates, adipates, citrates, maleates, sebacates, azelates and trimellitates. Its Mauá plant, which was ISO 9001 certified in 1999, has installed capacity to produce 20,000 tonnes/yr and is being expanded to 25,000 tonnes/yr of production.