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EASTMAN SIGNS LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH HIGH PERFORMANCE OPTICS FOR
BLUE LIGHT FILTERING TECHNOLOGY IN PERFORMANCE FILMS AND INTERLAYERS
February 14, 2019; KINGSPORT, Tenn., February 14, 2019 – Eastman Chemical Company has signed an exclusive development and licensing agreement with High Performance Optics (HPO) for of the incorporation of Selective Blue Light Filtering (BLF) technology into films and interlayers for use in automotive, architectural, and electronics applications. In addition to the benefits already provided by Eastman’s films and interlayers, this technology helps protect the human retina and skin from dangerous high-energy light by providing an additional layer of protection for consumers.
“The collaboration with HPO is another step in our commitment to creating innovative solutions that enhance the quality of life for our customers,” said Travis Smith, vice president and general manager of Eastman Performance Films and Advanced Interlayers. “We have been testing and evaluating this technology with HPO for several years and look forward to working to bring this valuable technology to market.”
“HPO has been a leader in the intellectual space for Blue Light Filtering for over 10 years,” said Larry Rodriguez, chief executive officer, High Performance Optics. “Eastman, a leader in innovation, has been evaluating this with us for several years. They have been a terrific application evaluation partner and now will be our development and commercial partner for this space.”
Eastman is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance window tint and paint protection film for automotive applications and window film for residential and commercial applications. Eastman’s PVB interlayers enhance automotive glass lamination in a variety of ways, including head-up display technology, solar control, sound reduction, and safety, security, and UV protection. Both Performance Films and Interlayers are a part of Eastman’s Advanced Materials business segment.
About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is
headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.
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