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Plants: Trinseo to build TPE facility in Taiwan



Plants: Trinseo to build TPE facility in Taiwan

Materials provider Trinseo plans to set up a thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) pilot facility in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The TPE pilot facility is said to emphasise Trinseo’s growth strategy for TPEs globally and will serve customers in the automotive, consumer electronics, footwear and medical markets.

The pilot facility will be built at Trinseo’s existing manufacturing site in Hsinchu and will begin operation in 2020. The investment in a TPE pilot facility in Asia Pacific is the next step of Trinseo’s TPE growth roadmap following the acquisition of Italian-based API S.p.A, in July 2017.

Once the new pilot line in Hsinchu is operational, Trinseo will locally produce its custom engineered TPE and thermoplastic urethanes (TPU), including its bioplastics portfolio.

“The pilot facility demonstrates our commitment to offer a differentiated, globally available TPE portfolio to our customers in the automotive, consumer electronics, footwear and medical markets,” said Tim Stedman, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Trinseo. “This investment in growth in the Asia Pacific region will further strengthen our ability to create growth synergies with customers between our rigid and soft-touch polymers.”

Trinseo had approximately US$4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,500 employees.


(PRA)


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