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Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester Used for Reusable Barware at European Cultural Festival

Published on 2015-07-24. Author : SpecialChem

Fig. 1: Eastman

KINGSPORT, Tenn., USA -- Eastman Chemical Company is helping one of the largest cultural festivals in Europe to improve its safety and sustainability with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. The Belgian city of Ghent hosts approximately 1.5 million visitors during Gentse Feesten, or The Ghent Festivities, held July 17-26, 2015. In an effort to reduce waste and the risk of injuries, the beer vendor in the central square of Emile Braunplein is serving beverages in durable glasses including barware made from Tritan, a new-generation copolyester that touts toughness.

In order to withstand the constant use and washing of a 10-day festival, the reusable barware is made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, a dishwasher safe and bisphenol A (BPA)- and S (BPS)-free material. The material’s crystal-clear clarity and ability to be designed in the same iconic shapes as glass offers brands the confidence they have the best material for their unbreakable glasses.
Fig. 2: Barware

The Duvel Moortgat Brewery, the drink supplier for Emile Braunplein, is serving its beer from a unique Duvel glass made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. The durable Duvel beer glass is identical to the traditional glass and includes the original engraved D to provide the perfect bubbling. The square, being free of glass and disposable cups, serves as a showcase to move future events to durable barware usage for safety and sustainability reasons.

“The Duvel glass is an important part of our customers’ drinking experience,” said Nicolas Soenen, zythologist at Duvel Moortgat Brewery. “In order to give our customers that same unique and high-quality experience of our beers, we chose Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. The barware we are using at Gentse Feesten provides the same appearance, weight and feel of our original glass, but allows us to push the boundaries on sustainability and safety.”

Beyond the use of barware made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, the area is also seeing more Eastman employees as the company has recently added two production plants in Ghent. With about 1,000 employees in Belgium, Eastman Chemical Company continues to provide customers with ongoing support from the Eastman team. This includes primary and secondary processing support, design reviews and product testing.

About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

About Duvel Moortgat Brewery

Duvel Moortgat is an independent company with a family of high-end craft breweries in the United States and Europe, including Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City Missouri; Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown New York; Duvel, Brasserie D’Achouffe, Liefmans, Vedett and Maredsous in Belgium and Brewery Bernard in the Czech Republic.

Source: Eastman

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