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Trinseo Fills a Need with Glass-Filled Polycarbonate for Medical Devices

Company’s plastic resins are biocompatible, light-weight, and can be customized

BERWYN, Pa. - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, is seeing increased demand for its glass-filled CALIBRE™ 5000 Polycarbonate Resins for medical device applications. The medical device industry continues to grow globally. With the rising trend toward device portability and bedside care, Trinseo’s resins are being used as an alternative to metal and higher cost plastics.

The glass-filled CALIBRE™ 5000 Polycarbonate Resins series was developed specifically for medical device applications. The materials feature properties that are important to such applications including sterilization options, comprehensive ISO 10993 biocompatible test support data, robust lot traceability and a strict management of change process.

Trinseo’s glass-filled resins can be custom formulated to meet application needs with varying glass content of up to 30 percent. Combining stiffness, toughness, dimensional stability and biocompatibility, the resins can be used for devices ranging from hand-held surgical instruments, to diagnostic devices and patient monitor housings, and even wearable devices. Glass-filled polycarbonate can be used to replace metal parts or to down gauge existing plastic parts.

The CALIBRE™ family of products offers the advantages of processability and flexibility for creative design. These resins also enable the consolidation of parts through the molding process and potentially can reduce assembly costs.

Trinseo has a history of supporting the medical device industry and recently became ISO 13485:2016 certified to support the industry’s disciplined quality control and regulatory guidelines. 

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, partners with companies to bring ideas to life in an imaginative, smart, and sustainability-focused manner by combining its premier expertise, forward-looking innovations and best-in-class materials to unlock value for companies and consumers.

From design to manufacturing, Trinseo taps into decades of experience in diverse material solutions to address customers’ unique challenges in a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, mobility, building and construction, and medical.

Trinseo’s approximately 3,400 employees bring endless creativity to reimagining the possibilities with clients all over the world from the company’s locations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Trinseo reported net sales of approximately $4.8 billion in 2021. Discover more by visiting www.trinseo.com and connecting with Trinseo on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and WeChat.

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