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Trinseo to Build New S-SBR Pilot Plant

Pilot Plant to Offer Faster Innovation and Growth in Performance Tire Market

HORGEN, Switzerland - Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE). The global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, announced today its plans for a new S-SBR (Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber) pilot plant in Schkopau, Germany for the Company’s Synthetic Rubber Business. The S-SBR pilot plant will allow for more efficient use of Trinseo’s production facilities and help speed up innovation in the Performance Tires market. The pilot plant will begin operation in Q4 2017.

Trinseo’s new S-SBR pilot plant will quicken the development process from lab sample to commercialization. The pilot plant will also deliver sufficient quantities of new S-SBR formulations required for real-life tire testing. This speedy evaluation of both process and product parameters meets customer needs for reducing product validation time. As a result, the faster testing process accelerates the time to market for new performance tire innovations.

“The pilot plant demonstrates our long-standing commitment to and collaboration with our customers and is consistent with Trinseo’s strategy to grow our Performance Materials businesses,” said Hayati Yarkadas, Senior Vice President and Business President, Performance Materials.

“This strategic investment will allow us to be more agile and flexible than ever before in our ability to turn around S-SBR product testing,” said Samer Al Jabi, Global Business Director for Synthetic Rubber. “The pilot plant will be a valuable technology capability, enabling us to bring S-SBR materials to our customers more efficiently and help performance tire makers meet new market trends.”

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE:TSE) is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber with a focus on delivering innovative, sustainable, and value-creating products that are intrinsic to our daily lives. Trinseo is dedicated to making a positive impact on society by partnering with like-minded stakeholders, and supporting the sustainability goals of our customers in a wide range of end-markets including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, packaging, footwear, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires. Trinseo had approximately $3.0 billion in net sales in 2020, with 17 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,600 employees. For more information, please visit: www.trinseo.com.

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