Eastman begins on-spec production of Kingsport molecular recycling facility
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Eastman begins on-spec production of Kingsport molecular recycling facility

Expects approximately US$ 75 million of incremental EBITDA in 2024 from the facility

  • By ICN Bureau | March 23, 2024

Eastman has achieved on-spec initial production and is generating revenue from its new molecular recycling facility in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The company expects to ramp up production of the new facility over the coming months and enable growth across a wide range of markets. Achieving this critical milestone enables the company’s pathway to deliver approximately $75 million of incremental EBITDA in 2024 from this facility as it builds momentum in its circular economy platform.

"We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of our Eastman team members who have worked tirelessly to build and bring this new facility online,” said Mark Costa, Board Chair and CEO. “By demonstrating molecular recycling at this scale, we have solidified our position as a leader in the creation of a circular economy. Demand for recycled material at virgin-quality levels from our new facility remains strong, and we are excited to announce this significant next milestone in our journey.”

In addition to this recently completed facility in Kingsport, Eastman plans to invest in two additional molecular recycling plants, one in France and another U.S. site.

Eastman’s proven polyester renewal technology recycles hard-to-recycle plastic waste bound for landfill or incineration today.

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