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Trinseo Collaborates with Coexpan

Validation of Polystyrene Recycling Technologies

Trinseo, Berwyn, PA/USA, announced that Trinseo and Coexpan, a global leader in sheet extrusion for FFS dairy markets in Europe, CIS and America, will collaborate to validate various polystyrene (PS) recycling technologies to develop polystyrene containing recycled content that is fit for use in the global dairy industry’s form fill seal (FFS) market. With materials and input supplied by Trinseo, Coexpan will be testing recycled polystyrene across various technologies at its Innotech (Coexpan & Emsur Innovation Technology Center for Rigid and Flexible Packaging).

The dairy FFS packaging market has recently seen greater interest in alternative materials owing to misperceptions regarding the circularity and recyclability of polystyrene (© Trinseo)

Polystyrene Preferred

The dairy FFS packaging market, which has historically preferred the use of PS due to its technical superiority over alternative polymers, has recently seen greater interest in alternative materials owing to misperceptions regarding the circularity and recyclability of PS.

Trinseo and Coexpan, jointly state: “r-PS is a game changer for the FFS market. PS offers a unique potential for not only closed loop recycling, but also a lower carbon footprint and extended lifecycle due to its simplicity and ease to fully recycle giving PS a major competitive advantage vs all alternatives. Industrial volumes will come online by the third quarter 2022”.

Dinis Mota, CEO of Coexpan, commented: “We are very pleased to have established this collaboration with Trinseo, which will allow us to demonstrate the viability of mechanical and chemical recycling processes for PS, a polymer with excellent properties in terms of efficiency and circularity in the food packaging market category. As a global leader in FFS and thermoforming packaging solutions, working with Trinseo in this regard reinforces our joint sustainability actions.”

Focus on Circularity

“Coexpan is very excited about this collaboration. Having seen the crucial role plastic packaging has played this year in terms of food safety and hygiene, we view recycling and circularity as even more crucial. Our research center, Innotech, is constantly innovating with recycling and circularity in mind. We do not launch a product without first addressing circularity. This partnership provides a unique platform that reaffirms our goal of promoting and achieving a circular economy model”.

Nicolas Joly, Vice President Plastics and Feedstocks at Trinseo, added: “We are very excited about the collaboration of Coexpan and Trinseo. This marks another major milestone on the way to seeing recycled PS products on shelves. The unique recycling opportunity that PS offers is now much more broadly recognized, and it is great to be able to collaborate with leaders along the value chain to further expand this recognition. Full circularity for PS is imminent, and Trinseo is passionately committed to this, but such partnerships are key to accelerating the transition to circular economy and contributing to the European Commission's recycling goal.”

Trinseo’s full sustainability pledge in PS Recycling covers mechanical, dissolution and chemical technologies with a clear commitment to close the loop on PS recycling, namely:

  • 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.
Additional information
  • 08-03-2020

    Trinseo Announces its 2030 Sustainability Goals

    Longer-term Sustainability Journey

    Fifteen sustainability goals outline the Company’s focus on climate change, product portfolio, supplier and operational responsibility, and a sustainable workforce.   more

  • Published on 03-23-2020

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    Trinseo’s Pulse Eco Series Contains Recycled Content

    The PC/ABS ECO series provide good flow properties, low temperature ductility, a low carbon dioxide footprint and low density.   more

    Trinseo LLC

  • 02-10-2020

    Partnership in Polystyrene Application Development

    Trinseo and Cedap Cooperate

    The companies aim to advance the implementation of recycled polystyrene used in food packaging applications.   more

  • 01-13-2020

    Looking at the Circularity of PS

    Trinseo and Greiner Packaging Cooperate

    The companies announce plans to advance implementation of recycled polystyrene in packaging.   more

  • 12-18-2019

    Styrenics Circular Solutions Welcomes New Member

    Coexpan Joins Styrenics Circular Solutions

    The joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenic polymers has expanded.   more

  • 10-15-2019

    Thermoplastic Elastomers for Taiwan

    Trinseo to Build a TPE Pilot Facility

    The pilot facility will be built at Trinseo’s existing manufacturing site in Hsinchu and will begin operation in 2020.   more

  • Published on 04-02-2019

    Good Dimensional Stability and High Stiffness

    ABS LGF for Semi-Structural Automotive Parts

    The composite offers not only lower weight than magnesium, but also low VOC and low odor properties.   more

    Trinseo LLC

  • Working within the Framework
    Kunststoffe international 2019/03, PAGE 29 - 32

    Working within the Framework

    Long Glass Fiber-Reinforced ABS Replaces Magnesium in a Semi-Structural Component

    A function carrier connects in the instrument panel area the driver-side displays and functional elements with the center console. As a...   more

  • 01-31-2019

    New President and CEO

    Changes in the Management of Trinseo

    Frank A. Bozich replaces Christopher D. Pappas as President and CEO. Pappas will transition to the role of Special Adviser to the CEO.   more

Company profile

Trinseo LLC

Chesterbrook Blvd. 1000
US 19312 Berwyn / PA

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