Through our products and innovations, Trinseo helps drive sustainability for our customers and the industries in which they operate.
Customer collaboration is at the heart of innovation across all Trinseo business segments, in pursuit of solutions for the most complex materials needs. Our disruptive materials in turn help to bolster our business strategy for growth, as we see companies heeding the call from consumers to focus on more sustainable, eco-friendly products - the technology of tomorrow.
Across all business units, including Plastics, Latex Binders, and Synthetic Rubber, we are committed to investing in innovation — from developing new compounds and technologies, to implementing projects focused on improving energy usage and raw material efficiencies — that will help create sustainable change.
Trinseo is committed to comply with ISCC requirements and strives for increasing our share of non-fossil / bio-based / recycled streams in our products. We conduct frequent assessments on the internal and external compliance to reach 3rd party certification as a supplier for our sustainable materials.
Bringing Chemical Resistance to Medical Devices
Over the past 30 years, Trinseo has worked with the medical devices industry to improve the chemical resistance of its plastics solutions in order to combat Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs). In 2019, Trinseo expanded its portfolio of chemical-resistant medical plastics with a new line of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), making Trinseo a one-stop-shop for both hard and soft plastics. TPE can serve as a vinyl substitute. With their elastomeric composition, TPE can allow better handling of medical devices and potentially increase performance, functionality, usability, and aesthetics, while helping to improve patient care and contribute to patient safety. In October 2019, to further support Trinseo's TPE advancements, the Company announced plans to build a new TPE pilot facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Lightweighting Automotive Parts
In response to the movement toward lightweighting cars in order to increase their sustainability, Trinseo introduced an innovative lightweight plastic that can replace metal in semi-structural components, providing up to 30% weight savings compared to magnesium or aluminum. The new product is a long-glass-fiber- reinforced acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS LGF) alloy. Trinseo's ENLITE™ ABS LGF enables high dimensional stability and high stiffness, making it the lightweight alternative for semi-structural components. As a structural polymer, the ABS LGF composite offers not only lower weight than magnesium but also low VOC with low odor properties and enables faster production cycle times.
Trinseo's new self-cross-linking latex binder technology aims to meet the evolving needs of the technical textile industry for high performing and sustainable products, while also providing a cost-effective solution. It is a formaldehyde-free solution developed from the Company's fiber bonding innovation pipeline. The initial target application is polyester nonwovens for applications such as bitumen roofing, where Trinseo's solution provides excellent high-temperature dimensional stability. Trinseo's new latex binder solution will be produced at the Company's facility in Rheinmünster, Germany - a site where Trinseo has acquired additional production capacity, demonstrating a continuous commitment to the latex binder industry and its customers.
In partnership with Trinseo, Willamette Falls, a paper manufacturer, has a vision of leading environmental paper production through the integration of non-traditional fiber sources such as pulp from wheat straw, agricultural waste, and hemp. Traditionally, excess wheat straw from a harvest is burned, becoming a significant source of CO2 emissions. Turning this waste into a feedstock to be used in paper pulp packs a one-two punch for reducing environmental impact. With Trinseo's support and innovative materials, Willamette Falls introduced a new paper product in 2019 that uses 10% of this non-wood pulp fiber in coated and non-coated grades, which have similar characteristics to the mill's standard paper grades.
Driving Sustainability Forward
Electrical and autonomous vehicles, digitalization, more stringent emissions, and abrasion aspects are changing demands on tire performance, shifting focus to center around sustainability. Trinseo's constant innovation in anionic polymerization and chemical modification is already delivering substantial benefits on one key attribute of sustainability. By contributing to tires with lower rolling resistance, we are enabling lower CO2 emissions and therefore increased fuel efficiency. Trinseo's solution-styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) technology provides a tailored polymer microstructure that improves grip and handling for high-performance tires.