The Tennassee, US based comapny is marketing glass polymer as a new alternative to traditional glass for high clarity, thick-walled containers.
According to Eastman, glass polymer looks and feels like glass, but is much more durable and therefore offers fresh possibilities for designers, who want to create original perfume bottles, for example.
"The glass polymer allows elegant thick-walled containers to be designed with high clarity, beauty and strength," said Eastman.
The material can be shaped by either injection molding or blow-molding.
At the show, Eastman will also demonstrate the latest developments in embrace copolyester, a resin that provides "design freedom and shelf appeal for the packaging designer due to its ability to produce attractive graphics and a label that can fit high contour containers.
Eastman claims that its new copolyester resins can be used to make clear, large capacity containers - of over one litre - with grip-handles as they "combine the clarity properties of PET with the functionalities offered by extrusion-blow molded polyolefins.
Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers and plastics. The company has approximately 15,000 employees in more than 30 countries and had 2003 sales of $5.8 billion. For more information about Eastman and its products, visit w. Luxe Pack will take place from October 20-23, 2004.