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Trinseo Launches Soft-Touch Plastics Portfolio for Automotive Applications

New TPE solutions meet demand for premium aesthetics, lightweighting and haptics

BERWYN, Pa. - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, launches its new portfolio of soft-touch plastics for automotive applications at the international VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering (PIAE) conference in Mannheim, Germany. Trinseo’s experts will present the innovative TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) solutions from March 14 – 15, 2018 at booth 60.

The automotive industry’s demand for soft-touch plastics enabling premium aesthetics and haptics is steadily increasing. Trinseo’s new TPE materials provide an enhanced interior experience due to ecological, lightweight and energy-efficient materials. The new portfolio includes soft-touch plastics with exceptional overmolding adhesion to most common rigid plastics, including Trinseo’s MAGNUM™ ABS and PULSE PC/ABS.

“We put a strong focus on customized TPE-solutions, developing products according to our customer’s individual needs,” says Marco Girardello, Automotive business unit manager at Trinseo. “Additionally, our vast range of adhesion modified TPE solutions for overmolding satisfies the industry’s need for surface appearances and haptics.”

The process of overmolding allows for the creation of composite finished products in a single phase, thus eliminating the need for gluing or mechanical fixing steps. Trinseo has installed a Specialized Overmolding Center (SOC) for research at the manufacturing site in Mussolente, Italy. The SOC is equipped with state of the art laboratory equipment, measuring the adhesion between soft and rigid components in accordance with VDI 2019 standards. Trinseo has been an active member in the fulfillment of VDI 2019 standard, tasked with defining the bonding strength between soft a component and a rigid substrate.

The company sees the PIAE conference as a great opportunity to get face-to-face with customers and invites all visitors to join them at their booth.

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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