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Vimal Plastics uses Drystar Copolyester to Deliver Flexibility and Performance

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Eastman Drystar 0603 supports Vimal’s concept-to-commercial capability for customers in India

Kingsport, Tenn., USA -- Vimal Plastics has been a leading producer of extrusion blow molded (EBM) containers for the cosmetic and personal care industry for more than two decades. Vimal applies the processing and performance characteristics of Eastman Drystar 0603* copolyester (PETG) to continue to meet customer needs.

Before Vimal discovered the flexibility available with extrusion blow molded Drystar, the only options were injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) PET or EBM using HDPE. Both fell short of customer needs because the mold costs for ISBM were very high and HDPE offerings were primarily limited to opaque.

Drystar 0603 helps Vimal overcome both of these shortcomings—with design and processing flexibility, outstanding clarity and a glasslike finish for its cosmetic product line.

Today, Vimal uses Drystar in transparent and tinted EBM bottles from 50 to 200mL—especially for the high-end products of regional and multi-national brands including Shahnaz Ayurvedics, Jiva Ayurveda, Lotus Herbals and Torrent Pharmaceuticals.

For these customers, it is critical to differentiate their brands in the marketplace. This is where Vimal’s concept-to-commercial approach brings value to its EBM customers. Using Drystar 0603, Vimal can custom design and extrusion blow mold a run of as few as 5,000 units. That simply doesn’t justify the investment in a new ISBM mold.

Vimal was one of the first in India to extrusion blow mold Drystar PETG. Customer satisfaction for the design and performance of the molded bottles, jar components and caps has always been high. Similarly, Vimal gives high marks to Eastman’s service and support during more than 10 years of working together.

“Timely delivery is a prerequisite for our industry,” says Mr. Vimal Fiaolke, Chairman, Vimal Plastics. “Eastman is very prompt while also delivering good technical service.”

Eastman copolyesters are highly valued for their excellent balance of properties such as aesthetics, impact strength and chemical resistance. These properties can be optimally realized when the resins are properly dried.

Recognizing this value, Eastman developed Drystar copolyesters to allow molders and converters with limited access to desiccant dryers to achieve these optimizations. In addition, producers like Vimal—with full desiccant drying capability—find that Drystar can provide additional value by helping attain production flexibility and cost savings.

“Eastman Drystar copolyesters offer immense design flexibility coupled with optimum clarity and performance that no other polymer can offer,” according to Fiaolke. “In India, we find PETG penetration is still at its threshold in India and this region has very high future potential for growth.”

Drystar is only available in the Asia Pacific Region.

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 business, 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 2015 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

About Vimal Plastics
Vimal Plastics is a pioneering company in India for molded cosmetic packaging components including bottles, jars and flip-top caps. Established in 1981, the company has achieved a prominent role in plastic molding and packaging sector in India. Using the latest molding machines and quality product testing processes, Vimal ensures complete satisfaction to its clients. The company is now equipped with facilities to provide end to end solution — from preparing custom made molding products to hot stamping and labelling.

For more information, visit www.vimalplastics.com.

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