Eastman Recognized as Company of the Year by Chemical and Engineering News

February 4, 2013 - USA

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Feb.4, 2013 – Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) recently recognized Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) as Company of the Year based on strong progress in integrating Solutia and the company’s commitment to technology and research and development (R&D).

“On behalf of all of us at Eastman, we are honored to have our collective effortshonored in this way,” said Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO. “Our more than 13,500 employees around the globe have  worked extraordinarily hard to not only make 2012 an outstanding year for Eastman, but they have positioned our company to deliver continued growth for years to come.”

C&EN annually recognizes one chemical company for its outstanding accomplishments throughout the year. Past selections have included Dow Chemical Company, BASF and Lubrizol.

According to the magazine, “Eastman performed strongly in a year rife with economic uncertainty. It strengthened its R&D pipeline. And most dramatically, the firm made its largest ever acquisition.”  The $4.8 billion acquisition of Solutia reinforces Eastman’s position as a specialty chemicals company and confirms the company’s commitment to growth. The company was also recognized for its  commitment to R&D and innovation. World class technology platforms, unique product offerings, and advantaged cost positions have significantly increased Eastman’s estimated net present value of its R&D projects. By acquiring Solutia, Eastman is integrating both complementary technologies and business capabilities to leverage global innovation and expand its industry leading technologies. View the full story here.

Eastman is a global specialty chemicals 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 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 13,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com