Eastman Chemical Brings Home Plastics Design Honors

At the National Plastics Exhibition in June, Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) received three awards for its copolyesters, including two for a prefilled syringe application. The iSecure syringe created for Hospira Inc. was honored with the 11th annual International Designers Society of America/Plastics News Award and Medical Commercial Product Award at the first International Plastics Design Competition.

Eastman’s Eastar copolyester is one of three materials used to manufacture the iSecure syringe, created with multishot molding and in-mold assembly that results in one syringe with four pieces. Hospira designed the prefilled, tamper-evident, single-dose, disposable delivery device to reduce drug contamination and increase standardized dosing.

A third award was granted for Eastman’s Tritan copolyester, used to create a refillable water bottle called the KOR ONE Hydration Vessel. It contains no bisphenol-A, and is designed to allow one-handed operation. By pressing with the thumb, a latch releases and opens the lid.  

The NPE featured the inaugural competition as a focal point of its Technology Central pavilion. Entries were considered from all plastics end-use markets, and component designers and manufacturers submitted achievements in bioprocess systems, packaging applications and medical products, sustainability, nanotechnology, energy efficiency, and biobased materials. The competition was hosted by SPI's Alliance of Plastics Processors.

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