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Trinseo Emphasizes Pre-Selecting Plastics to Reduce the Risk of Non-Compliant Lighting Applications

BERWYN, Pa. - Friday, June 2, 2017

Trinseo (NYSE:TSE), the global materials solution provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, sponsored a webinar to educate Lighting OEMs on the potential pitfalls that prevent regulatory compliance on May 16. 

“Lighting OEMs and designers are accustomed to designing with traditional materials such as metal and glass. These materials are inherently heat, flame and ignition resistant so there hasn’t been a need to focus attention on regulatory compliance relative to material selection,” said Trinseo’s Bill Marshall, senior account manager, Consumer Essential Markets Lighting.

“Now that the industry has increased its use of polycarbonates and thermoplastic materials, there are certain safety requirements that need to be addressed early on in an application’s design to ensure optimal speed to market and cost effective execution.”

The lighting marketplace trend to use more polycarbonates and thermoplastic materials is due to several product advantages including:

  • Design freedom: Polycarbonate can easily be fabricated into complex shapes offering designers endless possibilities for attractive and innovative lighting designs
  • Lighter weight: The density of polycarbonate is far less than that of metal, resulting in much lighter weight parts for the same volume
  • Cost savings: Expensive secondary processes for metals such as painting and coating can be eliminated, reducing system costs; In addition, parts can be consolidated, streamlining assembly
  • Impact resistance: Transparent polycarbonate has far better impact resistance than glass, resulting in a reduced chance of breaking lenses and optics made from the material

The webinar guest presenter Product Safety Consulting, Inc., a leading firm providing expert advice and testing services to secure product safety and regulatory compliance, joined Trinseo’s Bill Marshall to share their insights into challenges they have faced with global manufacturers since 1988 as they helped them achieve certification. One of these concerns is not selecting materials early enough in the design process.

Listen to the full webinar recording, Reducing the Risk of Non-Compliant Lighting Applications by Pre Selecting Plastics.

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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