Trinseo (NYSE: TSE) a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, will highlight its comprehensive portfolio of rigid and soft-touch plastics at Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany from October 16-20 at booth B5-5309. With its acquisition of Italian manufacturer API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. in 2017, Trinseo expanded its product offering and became a single-source provider of both rigid performance plastics and thermoplastics elastomers.
Trinseo has a rich heritage in the plastics industry and is recognized globally by its flagship brands CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins, MAGNUM™ ABS Resins, and STYRON™ Polystyrene Resins. The company will highlight four thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) chemistries at the show. This includes 16 new overmolding grades designed to deliver optimum adhesion to Trinseo’s ABS and PC/ABS.
In addition to being suitable for traditional overmolding Trinseo’s TPE chemistries provide a broad range of hardness, melt flows, and finishes for excellent processability and aesthetics in injection molded and extruded applications.
“Trinseo’s portfolio of rigid and soft-touch plastics allows us to offer custom solutions for a variety of applications,” said Celso Magri, global marketing director for Trinseo Performance Plastics. “This includes supporting a growing marketplace demand for applications requiring soft-touch overlays for ergonomics, functionality, safety, and aesthetics. One of Trinseo’s advantages is our ability to have full control of the chemistry of both materials – the TPE and the rigid plastic substrate. As a result, Trinseo is in a position to achieve optimal adhesion between the two materials in end applications.”
Trinseo TPEs are manufactured at the company’s Mussolente, Italy facility. This site also features a state-of-the-art specialized overmolding center focused on the development, design, and processing of TPEs and rigid plastics in overmolding applications as well as measurement of overmolding adhesion according to VDI 2019 standards, which Trinseo helped to develop.
In addition, the Mussolente facility places a strong emphasis on creating bio-based product solutions for its TPE materials. This complements the company’s involvement in helping customers incorporate sustainable solutions, such as post-consumer recycled content, into their rigid plastic applications.
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