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Eastman debottlenecks Kingsport butyric acid plant

6:08 AM MST | January 24, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Eastman Chemical says it will launch a debottlenecking of its Kingsport, TN butyric acid plant. Completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2013 and the project will add 11 million lbs/year of capacity to the plant, Eastman says.   Butyric acid is a naturally occurring short-chain fatty acid found in the human body, butter, and numerous other sources. Esters and salts of butyric acid are used in a variety of applications including perfumes, flavorings, and animal feeds. Eastman says it offers a variety of grades of butyric acid appropriate for these...

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