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Trinseo Brings R&D Experts to Tire Technology Expo

Behind the tire: Trinseo Synthetic Rubber R&D experts to present on new developments as part of the official conference program

HORGEN, Switzerland - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, will be attending the Tire Technology Expo, Europe's leading international Tire Design and Tire Manufacturing Exhibition and Conference, for the second time. Exhibition visitors will receive an update on Trinseo’s wide range of standard and advanced synthetic rubber solutions, and will also have the opportunity to hear two of Trinseo’s key R&D Leaders present recent findings in the development of functionalized synthetic rubber and high-cis polybutadiene rubber as part of the official conference program.

R&D for better, safer tires
“Rolling resistance, wet and dry grip, improved abrasion resistance, and good handling are among the key properties consumers are looking for in a good tire. Through non-stop research and development efforts Trinseo continuously enhances its next generation synthetic rubber portfolio. This helps our customers meet and exceed expectations,” says Sandra Hofmann, Global R&D Director, Synthetic Rubber at Trinseo.

“As a global leader in synthetic rubber, Trinseo’s R&D experts are among the top in their field. They are the driving force behind these portfolio enhancements and for us, TireTech is an excellent opportunity to let them share their expertise,” continues Sandra Hofmann. This year, Dr. Sven Thiele and Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt will both take to the stage to comment on their respective areas of expertise.

Promising experimental grades for CO2 emission reduction
“Challenging CO2 emission targets will be enforced at the end of this decade for passenger cars and light trucks. Energy efficiency requirements are also on the horizon for heavy trucks,” says Dr. Sven Thiele, R&D leader process & product development anionic/synthetic rubber. “This leads to a strong demand for energy efficient vehicle components, including tires, and Trinseo is already supplying top range compounds for this.”

“Something new that I will be talking about is our polymer solutions for energy-efficient summer and winter tires, that are now available as experimental grades,” adds Dr. Thiele. “Typically high-performance functionalized S-SBR grades are difficult to process. Therefore, an alternative highly functionalized clear (oil-free) S-SBR grade was developed, which indicates good extrusion characteristics and relatively low polymer-silica formulation viscosity. As the new Trinseo experimental grades also indicate good wear characteristics, consumers have a long-term benefit from corresponding tire families.”

Find Dr. Sven Thiele’s full presentation on Tuesday, February 14, at 14:50.

Development of high-cis polybutadiene rubber grades

Neodymium BR (Nd-BR) is a high-performance technology, complementary to S-SBR, that Trinseo is developing to address current market needs. Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt, leader ESBR/BR synthetic rubber R&D, is spearheading Trinseo’s research on the potential implementation of Nd-BR rubber grades.

“CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency are two sides of the same coin, and demand for materials supporting fuel efficiency is growing. We believe that Nd-BR has an important role to play in this,” explains Dr. Wohlfahrt.

“I’m very excited to present our research on the properties of some of our new Nd-BR grades at the Tire Technology Expo. We’ve tested these for processability as well as performance - without spoiling too much I can already say that these results are very promising indeed.”

Catch Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt’s full presentation on Wednesday, February 15, at 14:25.

Access the complete conference program at

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. We are focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to help our customers create products that touch lives every day — products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives — across a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $3.8 billion in net sales in 2019, with 17 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,700 employees. For more information visit

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