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Styron Announces Availability of CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resin for Extruded Sheet Used in LED Signage & Lighting

Midland, MI - Thursday, October 21, 2010

Styron LLC has announced the availability of CALIBRE™ 302V-6 LD extrusion grade polycarbonate (PC) resin, a premier PC offering from Styron in North America for extruded sheet used in the LED signage and lighting marketplace. Developed with proprietary diffusion aid technology, the new resin will allow customers to utilize PC more efficiently in LED back-lit sign face and channel letter market applications.

“LED signage is the emerging option for business owners to help brand their companies, as LED lighting provides long life, energy efficiency and low maintenance costs,” said Federico Montaner, product director, Americas and global new business development leader. “We are excited to bring CALIBRE 302V-6 LD resin to the marketplace and expect this new technology will serve as a value-added product, providing an excellent balance of whiteness, light transmission and diffusion for LED signage and lighting applications.”

CALIBRE 302V-6 LD resin is Styron's initial offering of light-diffusing PC resins and builds upon Styron's line of PC and compounds and blends products that already provide solutions for a number of lighting technology applications. The technical service team at Styron has developed modeling capabilities to be able to quickly formulate resins to meet specific customer performance characteristics for each application.

“The technical knowledge of our team is especially beneficial during the development process, as we work directly with customers to customize PC formulations that will best suit their needs. Styron continues to add functionality to its products and looks to introduce a variety of resins in this product family that are tailored to its customers' unique requirements,” Montaner added.

CALIBRE™ 302V-6 LD represents a balance of the performance characteristics that the marketplace looks for in materials used with LED lighting. The excellent light-diffusing characteristics, combined with the inherent toughness of PC, offer customers the opportunity to use thinner PC sheet as an alternative to thicker light-diffusing acrylic sheet. The result is a cost-effective, durable sign face or channel letter that protects the costly LED lighting and provides the desired aesthetics.

Key characteristics of the new CALIBRE™ 302V-6 LD polycarbonate resin include:

  • Excellent light diffusion, providing brightness uniformity and the elimination of “hot spots” from the LED light source
  • Excellent light transmission to improve lighting efficiency
  • Bright white color in reflected light
  • Need for additional diffusion films eliminated
  • UL V-2 rated down to 1.5 mm

For more information about CALIBRE™ 302V-6 LD polycarbonate resin, visit www.trinseo.com, contact your Styron Sales or Technical Service representative, or call the Styron Customer Information Group at +1 888 789 7661.

About Styron

Styron is a leading global materials company, dedicated to innovate and deliver for its customers. Styron's unique and balanced product portfolio brings together plastics, rubber and latex businesses that share feedstocks, operations, customers and end users. Styron has a leadership position in its two flagship products, polystyrene and latex. The company benefits from global scale, a long-standing tradition of unrivaled customer relationships and a robust innovation pipeline. Styron has approximately $5 billion in revenue (2010), with 20 manufacturing sites in all geographies. Styron's 2,100 employees are committed to listen to customers' needs and provide them with innovative and sustainable solutions in markets such as appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, commercial transportation, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. More information about Styron can be found at www.styron.com.

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