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Trinseo Plastics Supports Growing Demand for Multiple Durable Smart Meter Components

Polycarbonate resins meet performance properties in meter housing, window and terminal block

Berwyn, PA - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, responds to the growing needs  for more durable utility smart meters that  effectively monitor  energy consumption and stand up to the task. Electricity and gas resource suppliers are turning to advanced polycarbonate resins in Utility Smart Meters, which provide a digital interface between the power facility and the site of consumption.

These Utility Smart Meters are composed of multiple parts, all with specific and strict property requirements. Through its diligent development efforts and close collaboration with customers, Trinseo has developed solutions to meet the exacting material regulations of Utility Smart Meters manufacturers with its polycarbonate-based solutions.

Trinseo’s EMERGE™ PC Advanced Resin portfolio is made up of customizable grades that offer very high ductility and durability over a wide temperature range. In addition, these high-performance thermoplastic materials possess the otherwise difficult-to-achieve performance properties for each of the device’s essential components:

  • Housing: toughness and weather/UV resistance
  • Window: excellent transparency and durability
  • Terminal Block: high heat resistance of up to 135 degrees C
  • Smart Gas Meter Index Housing: performance materials with electrostatic dissipation.

These properties provide additional safety and security to the operation of the Smart Meter, as well as enhance its overall aesthetic appeal.

With proven performance through extensive testing and exclusive development partnerships with key European suppliers, EMERGE™ PC Advanced Resins have become the preferred material of choice for smart meter applications helping to produce safer, more effective and longer-lasting devices.

“Through our development of high-performance and dependable materials for Utility Smart Meter components, Trinseo is supporting the safer, more efficient and accurate reading of energy consumption,” explains Giorgio Bettoli, Trinseo business manager Consumer Essential Markets (CEMs) Europe and manager of the company’s Smart Meter business. “Our investments and efforts in this area reflect not only our commitment to this market but also to the smarter management of our natural resources and fossil fuels."

Trinseo’s answer to industry demand is timely: Smart Meters are replacing traditional utility meters at a staggering pace, driven by increasing worldwide government regulations that require conversion to this technology. According to Navigant Research, even with the U.S. slowdown, smart meter vendors report increasing business in Western Europe that will account for 93 million new meters by the end of 2020; not including additional and significant installations in Asia Pacific.

Trinseo EMERGE™ PC Advanced Resin portfolio consists of a glass-reinforced ignition-resistant polycarbonate designed for both the terminal block, the case & internal parts and exceeding the IEC IEC62052-11 requirements.

About Trinseo

Trinseo is a leading global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, dedicated to collaborating with customers to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions. Trinseo’s technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Trinseo had approximately $5.1 billion in revenue in 2014, with 19 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,100 employees. More information can be found on Trinseo’s website. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in the first quarter of 2015.

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