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Proven Products for Plastics Modification

To help enhance plastics for use in a variety of high impact applications, Trinseo offers low-cis butadiene rubber obtained from anionic polymerization, using an organo-lithium initiator as a proven modifier.

Low-cis butadiene rubber from Trinseo is used as an impact modifier in polystyrene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) solutions. Trinseo’s SE PB grades ensure the production of mass ABS is consistently of high quality, with an excellent balance between impact strength and gloss. 

Lithium-butadiene rubber (Li-BR) grades are used to toughen polystyrene. A content of approximately 10% of butadiene rubber is added to the polystyrene matrix and creates a high impact polystyrene (HIPS) product. In addition, Li-BR is applicable in the mass polymerization of ABS copolymers. 

End-use applications for modified plastics such as these include:

  • Inner liners of refrigerators
  • Food packaging
  • Consumer electronics housings
  • Automotive interiors
  • Signage
  • Edgebands and profiles for furniture and construction components 

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