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One of the world’s leading speciality chemical companies Eastman Chemical Company has announced the completion of its new Asia Pacific Technical Center (APTC) in Alexandra Technopark, Singapore. The technology centre comprises added technological capabilities in chemicals R&D and a 24×7 laboratory facility redesign aimed at energy savings of up to 50%. The Technical Centre, which first opened in 1997, plays a strategic role in the positioning of both the company and Singapore as a benchmark centre for chemicals and materials research in the region, and further reflects the company’s vision for connecting science with sustainability.
"The enhanced technology centre is Eastman’s commitment to developing capabilities and growth in Singapore and the region,” said Dr Gregory W Nelson, Senior VP and CTO of Eastman. Company. "It also demonstrates Eastman’s dedication to sustainability and echoes Singapore’s sustainability blueprint for enhanced resource efficiency to help overcome resource limitation for growth.”
"Eastman’s newly completed Asia Pacific Technical Center allows the company to better support their customers’ evolving needs. Through its comprehensive presence in Singapore – from manufacturing to innovation and HQ activities – and by leveraging Singapore’s innovation capabilities and proximity to the consumer, Eastman will be able to develop innovative and sustainable solutions in Asia for Asia,” said Eugene Leong, Director for Energy and Chemicals at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
The centre also absorbs the Solutia Technical Services Team following the completion of the US$4.8bn acquisition of Solutia in mid-2012.