Eastman Chemical Co. has filed a lawsuit against Indorama Polymers Public Co. Ltd. and several related companies for alleged unauthorized use of Eastman's IntegRex-brand PET technology in the U.S., Europe and Thailand.
Officials with Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman filed the suit Dec. 18 in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del., against AlphaPet Inc., Indorama Polymers Rotterdam BV, Indorama Polymers Workington BV, Indorama Holding Rotterdam BV and Indorama Polymers Public Co. Ltd.
The complaint alleges patent infringement, breach of contract and trade-secret misappropriation.
Bangkok-based Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. said it will defend the case.
IVL believe that these claims are without merit and intend to vigorously defend themselves against these claims, IVL said in a statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
The case stems from Indorama's alleged disclosure and use of information covered by a license agreement between Eastman and several Indorama business entities in Europe, Eastman officials said in a Dec. 18 news release.
The licensing agreement between the companies precludes the European defendants from using Eastman's IntegRex PET technology, and further prevents them from accessing the knowledge of former Eastman employees regarding such technology.
The employees joined IVL when its European subsidiaries acquired Eastman's northwest European PET and purified terephthalic acid business in March 2008.
Meanwhile, Indorama said it would be able to operate its European PET plants by using alternative conventional technologies for a relatively low cost, and implement the change with minimal or no disruption to its operations.
Indorama Polymers is part of Indorama Group, an Indonesian conglomerate owned by the Lohia family. The firm operates manufacturing sites for textiles and related industries in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and India.
Plastics News Singapore-based correspondent Gurdip Singh contributed to this report.
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