ORLANDO, Feb. 8, 2012The next generation of wood for outdoor applications, Perennial Wood", was introduced to the building and construction trade industry today at the International Builders Show. Made possible through TruLast" Technology, a proprietary process from Eastman, Perennial Wood is real wood made to endure, thats been modified to resist changes from moisture, such as shrinking, swelling and movement, for decades. As the first building product manufactured and marketed by Eastman, Perennial Wood leverages the companys extensive 80-year history in acetylation.
Eastman is proud to bring Perennial Wood to the residential construction and remodeling market, said Greg W. Nelson, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Eastman. We are no stranger to the industry, as 13 percent of Eastmans 2010 revenues were derived from sales of materials, chemicals and polymers to building and construction manufacturers. Perennial Wood is Eastman's latest advancement for that market and one that is founded on years of research and application of our employees' technical expertise and insight into technology and scientific processes.
TruLast Technology modifies the wood, providing a physical barrier throughout thats warranted to protect against rot, decay and movement for 25 years. It is three times more stable than unmodified wood, resulting in less shrinking and swelling that cause cracking, cupping and warping without sacrificing the beauty of real wood.
Perennial Wood is well-suited for outdoor applications where the authenticity of real wood is desired without the damaging effects of the elements, said Deborah Baum Crain, director of innovation projects for Perennial Wood. With Perennial Wood, homeowners dont have to compromise the beauty of real wood for longevity. The potential applications for Perennial Wood are extensive.