Six Degrees of D/3

PUBLISHED ON Mar 27, 2008

If you drove, flew, brushed your teeth, drank bottled water, used a cell phone or a computer today, chances are good that a D/3 had something to do with it.

“A number of D/3 customers produce plastic materials – fibers, resin, sheet plastic and others – that wind up in most people’s everyday lives,” states Leo Charpentier, Director of Product Marketing. “Tracing these source materials to their end uses is a bit like following a rain drop from the continental divide to the ocean, but the diversity of applications – Lexan, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polylactic Acid Polymer (PLA), Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), and Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), just to name a few – place D/3 along the production chain for a broad array of plastic products worldwide.”

“D/3 customers produce an especially large share of the world’s PET, one of the most easily recyclable plastics,” notes Dwight Wood, VP Western Sales, “and D/3 is heavily involved in the production of next generation renewable plastics that break down under industrial composting conditions, providing an ideal precursor for cradle-to-cradle product applications.”

D/3-produced plastics from Eastman are found in automobiles, tools, toothbrushes, trash bags, tapes, eyeglasses, electronic packaging, personal hygiene products, photographic film, medical parts, cookware, computers, and coated paper cups. Teijin Monofilament uses the D/3 to produce industrial textiles such as conveyor belts at airports or supermarkets, filtration fabrics for liquids (used in beverage production and water reclamation), aircraft and automobile interiors, and even artificial hair. Lion Co-polymer produces synthetic rubber precursors Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) and Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) for use in ignition wires and tires for cars, and foaming agents used in life preservers.

These and other D/3 customers leverage the flexibility and reliability of their control system to expand the everyday and extraordinary uses of plastics around the world.