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Trinseo partners with CEDAP on PS application development

February 13/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Trinseo, the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, has announced its collaboration with CEDAP, a leading specialist in sheet extrusion for the packaging industry, according to the company's press release.

The partnership seeks to advance the implementation of recycled polystyrene (PS) used in food packaging applications by utilizing chemically recycled PS to develop and test food grade recycled PS packaging.

Trinseo will also collaborate with CEDAP lending technical expertise to support the development of a 100% PS made yogurt container. CEDAP is currently participating in a project, which aims to create a mono material yogurt container, including the label, lid, and pot. This project is spearheaded by the consortium Citeo, including Plastiques Venthenat (PV), Amcor, and Triballat.

"This is an exciting collaboration that Trinseo is lending technical, processing and performance expertise on," said Nicolas Joly, Global Business Director, Polystyrene and Feedstocks at Trinseo. "The implementation of a recycled PS in food grade packaging is coming closer to reality as we work hand in hand with the packaging industry. Furthermore, the development of a mono material yogurt pot would enable greater ease of recyclability and in turn unlock the opportunity for a new life in other applications via chemical or mechanical recycling of PS."

Trinseo is highly engaged in several partnerships and initiatives to close the loop on PS recycling, namely:

Recently announcing a first-of-its-kind polystyrene chemical recycling facility to be built in Europe;
Planning to offer an average of 30% recycled content to customers for polystyrene packaging in Europe by 2025;
Serving as a founding member of Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), a consortium that explores new methods for polystyrene recycling; and
Partnering with the waste supply chain to help identify new ways to increase the volume and quantity of plastics disposed and recovered through waste separation.
Full PS circularity is a game changer, offering a unique potential for closed loop recycling with two fewer steps than recycling of other polymers. Depolymerization is an innovative technology for PS recycling, which has already proven to bring polystyrene waste back into a monomer unlocking the intrinsic circularity of PS even further. In turn, PS circularity is particularly advantageous as it diverts waste material away from landfills, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gases and harmful emissions.

In North America, Trinseos joint venture, Americas Styrenics (AmSty), recently formed a joint venture with Agilyx, named Regenyx LLC, dedicated to fully recycling post-consumer polystyrene materials back into new PS products. Through Regenyx, AmSty is providing customers with PS recycled from a monomer state, from post-consumer waste, known as PolyUsable.

As MRC informed before, Trinseo have announced a price increase for all PS grades, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylonitrile styrene copolymer (SAN) grades in Europe. Effective February 1, 2020, or as existing contract terms allow, the contract and spot prices for the products listed below rose as follows:

    -- STYRON general purpose polystyrene grades (GPPS) -- by EUR100 per metric ton;
    -- STYRON and STYRON A-Tech and STYRON X- Tech high impact polystyrene grades (HIPS) - by EUR100 per metric ton;
     - MAGNUM ABS resins - by EUR55 per metric ton;
     - TYRIL SAN resins - by EUR55 per metric ton.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics was 46,260 tonnes in December 2019, up by 8% year on year. The estimated consumption of PS and styrene plastics totalled 500,660 tonnes in 2019, down by 1% year on year. Russian producers of PS and styrene plastics produced 44,960 tonnes of material in December 2019, up by 1% year on year.

Trinseo is a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber. Trinseo's technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in 1Q 2015. Trinseo had approximately USD4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,500 employees.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PS, ABS, GPPS, SAN, HIPS, packaging, Americas Styrenics, Trinseo (Styron), Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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