Eastman Donates 400 lbs. of Plastic to Help PHCC 3-D Print Protective Gear

This week, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) received a donation of 450 pounds of double-laminated seven-millimeter film from Eastman in Martinsville, Va.

PHCC recently launched an initiative to produce hundreds of face shields for health care providers in its Fab Lab at the Dalton IDEA Center. The college had several rolls of appropriate plastic in stock to create the base of the shield, but did not have enough clear plastic on hand to create the face coverings. The college reached out to Eastman to see if it had the necessary plastic to create a face shield. Eastman did not have any plastic thick enough for a face shield, and according to the company, it quickly developed a creative solution. Within 72 hours, Eastman’s team figured out how to use the materials they had on hand and began producing a product that would fit the need.

Eastman then presented the college with 1,000 feet of the specially designed plastic. From this one donation, the college estimates it will be able to make over 400 face shields.

“We’re extremely proud to partner with Patrick Henry Community College for this important cause,” said Steve DuVal, Eastman Martinsville operation site director.

College technicians say it will only take a few seconds for its laser cutting machine to turn a plastic sheet into a face shield. The base of the face shield – which the college is producing using 3-D printers – takes about four hours to print.

“We believe this whole event showcases how strong the Martinsville community is – how we can come together to support one another in a time of need,” says PHCC workforce and community development vice president, Rhonda Hodges.

SunTek is the 2020 PPF for Porsche Club of America Club Racing

Eastman Performance Films announced that SunTek is the official paint protection film (PPF) for Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing for a second year. The company says it is proud of this connection between SunTek, its technologically advanced paint protection film brand, and PCA Club Racing, a Porsche Club of America program offering racing and rallies for passionate Porsche owners across Canada and the U.S.

“In 2019, we started a one of a kind sponsorship with PCA to further engage with Porsche owners and educate them about the benefits of the unique technology of SunTek PPF,” said Darrell Reed, commercial director, Eastman Performance Films. “2019 gave us face-to-face contact with thousands of people at PCA events, where Porsche enthusiasts were able to see firsthand the benefits of SunTek’s technology and how it maintains a flawless finish. PCA and SunTek are a great match, and we are honored that PCA pursued the continuation of this exciting relationship.”

The film is a self-healing, virtually invisible layer of defense against rocks, sand, salt, insects, and other road debris, the company adds.

“We are a club that encourages its members to Get Out and Drive their Porsches on the road and the track, as they were intended,” said Vu Nguyen, executive director of Porsche Club of America. “Having SunTek at our events has been incredibly educational for our members to better understand the differences between various PPF brands in the industry and the importance of choosing the right installer.”