In an effort to fight against COVID-19, Eastman has joined hands with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Austin Peay State University to support the local production of 10,000 protective face shields for medical personnel in the state capital of Nashville. Based in the US, Eastman is a global leading specialty materials company.
The partnership comes after THEC informed Eastman they had used and exhausted all the local supply of acetate sheet, the large, clear plastic shield that attaches to the headband, from local retailers. Together, the goal is to produce 10,000 face shields in two weeks using 3D printers at colleges and universities around the state, according to Eastman.
Eastman has donated enough rolls of PETG film, a co-polyester commonly used for rigid medical packaging and medical devices, to produce 10,000 face shields. Eastman teams worked over the weekend to ensure that in four days, THEC had the materials needed to continue with the project.
“The Eastman team that made this happen has my thanks, and I find this work and numerous other efforts like it happening around the world to be inspiring. The need here is very real and life-changing. Health care workers are in dire need of help as they are on the front lines of battling COVID-19, and I’m proud to be part of an Eastman team that always steps up when help is needed. We are so proud of how our state, community, and workers are rallying together to help each other during this difficult time. At Eastman, we will continue to aid in relief efforts in our communities,” Steve Crawford, Eastman’s chief technology and sustainability officer at Eastman said.
In addition to contributing to the THEC collaboration, Eastman employees around the globe are playing a critical role in other relief efforts. Eastman’s films operation in Martinsville, Va., is rapidly producing film to partner with Patrick Henry Community College and quickly get 500 face shields developed, produced, and into the hands of medical personnel in Virginia. Other Eastman teams, including in Brazil and Europe, are contributing to similar efforts. In Brazil, Eastman donated PETG material for face shields, and in Europe, the company has donated resins to customers that are making hand sanitizer instead of cosmetics.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)