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Trinseo Announces Capacity Expansion for Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber

Meeting growing customer demand for S-SBR in performance tires

BERWYN, Pa. - Monday, October 24, 2016

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, today announced that it will expand capacity for Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR). This increased investment is a direct response to rising customer demand for this critical technology, which is a key component in increasing energy efficiency, safety and durability in performance tires.

The asset upgrade at Trinseo’s world-class synthetic rubber manufacturing complex in Schkopau, Germany, will add 50 KT of S-SBR capacity, increasing the company’s global S-SBR production by 33%. This additional capacity is expected to be online in January 2018. 

“This investment is in line with Trinseo’s strategy to grow our Performance Materials businesses, in particular our S-SBR business, which has seen very strong market demand,” said Hayati Yarkadas, Senior Vice President and Business President, Performance Materials. “This expansion in Schkopau is the fastest solution to meet our customers’ growing demand for our SPRINTAN™ Rubber products, as well as next generation development grades of advanced S-SBR.”

Delivering Solutions for Sustainability and Consumer Trends
Trinseo’s SPRINTAN™ Advanced S-SBR Rubber grades provide a unique combination of properties in tires:  improved lower rolling resistance for performance and fuel efficiency, as well as wet grip and durability.  

As CO emissions regulations and tire labeling requirements continue to expand beyond the EU to other regions, there is a strong drive in the automotive industry towards energy efficient tires. As a result, consumers around the world are becoming more aware of how their choice of tires affects the fuel efficiency of their cars. This consumer focus is driving energy efficient tires as one of the most important trends in sustainability globally.

“Our expansion of S-SBR is a direct response to customers’ demand, and consistent with sustainability trends around the world,” said Samer Al-Jabi, Global Business Director for Synthetic Rubber.  “Tires with reduced rolling resistance are in demand because they make vehicles more fuel efficient, thereby reducing greenhouse gasses. SPRINTAN™ Rubber products are another example of how Trinseo’s materials are intrinsic to our customers’ products, providing technology that enables products to address global sustainability trends.”

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber with a focus on delivering innovative, sustainable, and value-creating products that are intrinsic to our daily lives. Trinseo is dedicated to making a positive impact on society by partnering with like-minded stakeholders, and supporting the sustainability goals of our customers in a wide range of end-markets including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, packaging, footwear, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $3.0 billion in net sales in 2020, with 17 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,600 employees. For more information, please visit: www.trinseo.com.

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