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Trinseo to Acquire Latex Binders Assets in Germany

Accelerates Growth through Expanded Product Portfolio for Adhesives and Construction Applications

BERWYN, Pa. - Thursday, May 2, 2019

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement with The Dow Chemical Company to acquire latex production facilities and related infrastructure at Rheinmunster, Germany.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019, following European Union regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. Consideration for the transaction is approximately €40 million in the form of assumed pension liabilities for transferred employees.  

“This acquisition is directly aligned with Trinseo’s strategy to grow its Latex Binders businesses, particularly in applications serving the Adhesives and Construction industry, as well as Specialty Paper,” said Frank Bozich, President and CEO of Trinseo. “Taking full control of these advantaged manufacturing assets will allow Trinseo to produce a wider variety of products, invest capital for technology upgrades, and optimize operations for the mix of products and chemistries most needed by our customers.”     

The transaction includes full ownership and operational control of both latex production facilities at Rheinmunster, as well as site infrastructure and services contracts, and approximately 114 employees who are expected to transfer from Dow to Trinseo. 

“This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to our customers, as it will allow us to extend the range of products we can produce,” said Hayati Yarkadas, Senior Vice President and Business President, Performance Materials.  “Customers will have access to a broader offering in Trinseo’s portfolio of Latex Binders products. The Rheinmunster site is well situated for future expansion, as it is already the home to our Global Research and Development center for Latex Binders, and is geographically central to serve many of our European customers.”

The acquisition adds to Trinseo’s grid of production facilities across Europe – including an existing Trinseo latex production plant in Rheinmunster, Germany, as well as operations in Hamina, Finland; Norrkoping, Sweden; and Terneuzen, The Netherlands.  Together this grid of Latex Binders production facilities allows Trinseo to supply customers all across Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa.

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. We are focused on delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to help our customers create products that touch lives every day — products that are intrinsic to how we live our lives — across a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $4.6 billion in net sales in 2018, with 16 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,500 employees. For more information visit www.trinseo.com.

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