Issue: Apr 2012


New Higher Heat Resistant ABS Material launched at the International Plastics Showcase, NPE 2012



New material developed by the world's leading provider of styrenics for use in interior and exterior automotive applications

by Nick Palmen

Styrolution, the leading global styrenics supplier, has announced it will officially unveil an addition to its Terluran® acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) family of resins, Terluran® TN 100306, at the upcoming International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, which runs from April 2-5.

The new material, which is a specially formulated ABS resin with a Vicat heat resistance temperature of 102 degrees C, is intended for use in applications requiring heat properties higher than most general purpose ABS resins.

It was developed for use in automotive interior applications such as door trim, consoles, and seat trim, as well as exterior applications such as pillar garnishes and mirrors, and has now received approvals at General Motors.

The added heat resistance of TN 100306, combined with well balanced physical and mechanical properties, also make it suitable for use in many different market applications, including use in sheet extrusion - especially for darker colors that require improved heat performance and absorption.

Draxlmaier Automotive, a global parts supplier to the automotive industry specializing in integrated interior components, cockpits, wiring harness and electrical management systems, currently uses the TN 100306 material in automotive applications at their Duncan, SC facility.

"As a global leader in the supply of styrene-based products, Styrolution sought to broaden its portfolio to offer a heat resistant ABS to meet customer needs in terms of performance and cost," said Thomas Hazenstab, Styrolution North American business director for specialties. "TN 100306 fulfills and exceeds these requirements."

Styrolution manufactures TN 100306 material at its world-scale production facility in Altamira, Mexico.

To learn more about this product and other Styrolution offerings, please visit our booth 13005 at NPE2012 or visit www.styrolution.com.

ABOUT STYROLUTION

Styrolution is the leading global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, copolymers, and ABS. As a joint venture of BASF and INEOS, Styrolution combines the key styrenics assets of two of the biggest chemical companies in the world - with more than 70 years of experience, complementary competencies and portfolios. Styrolution strives to serve the success of its customers by offering them the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenics applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electrical/electronics, building and construction, household appliances, toys/sports/leisure, packaging, healthcare and diagnostics. In 2010, pro forma combined sales were at 6.4 billion euros, resulting in an EBITDA before exceptionals of 407 million euros. Styrolution employs about 3,400 people and operates 17 production sites in ten countries. For further information please visit www.styrolution.com

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