For Automotive Interior Applications
Trinseo’s Pulse Eco Series Contains Recycled Content
Trinseo, Berwyn, PA/USA, has launched a new portfolio of recycled content-containing PC/ABS for automotive applications.
The Pulse Eco Series contains between 30 to 50% recycled content, combining European-sourced post-industrial recycled (PIR) polycarbonate with Trinseo’s virgin Magnum ABS.
Developed using the company’s Pulse GX technology, the new product family offers technical features, such as good flow properties, low temperature ductility, a low CO2 footprint and low density, allowing up to three per cent more parts per ton compared to competitive materials, according to the company. Furthermore, the material’s low odor performance makes it suited to automotive interior applications such as mid/floor consoles, instrument panels and pillars.
Specialized Lifecycle Analysis
The favorable environmental impact of Trinseo’s new Pulse Eco Series has been proven through a specialized lifecycle analysis, which compared the difference in carbon dioxide emissions, water and energy consumption to that of virgin materials. In all cases, Trinseo’s PIR-containing resins showed a reduced environmental impact, with up to 48% per cent less energy consumption, 39% less global warming potential and 39% lower water consumption.
The Grades Fulfill Major OEM Specifications for PC/ABS
The PIR-containing Pulse GX50 Eco and Pulse GX70 Eco grades will be made available in Europe during the first half of 2020. The new grades fulfill major OEM specifications for PC/ABS and extend Trinseo’s existing Eco portfolio of recycled content-based PC/ABS, first introduced in 2018 for the consumer electronics market.
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