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Materials

Eastman plastic is sitting pretty

by Michael McCoy
October 9, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 40

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Credit: Eastman Chemical
Eastman says its Tritan resin lends to the new chairs' crystal appearance.
Credit: Eastman Chemical
Eastman says its Tritan resin lends to the new chairs' crystal appearance.

The Japanese furniture maker Kawajun is using Eastman Chemical’s Tritan copolyester in a new line of chairs, called Luxtiera, that are characterized by a molded diamond pattern. Nanae Imbe, a Kawajun designer, says the chair design was too demanding for polypropylene. Polymethyl methacrylate didn’t provide the desired toughness, and polycarbonate lacked needed chemical resistance.

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