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Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, introduced its 85% Long Glass Fiber (LGF) Polypropylene (PP) concentrate product family for automotive semi-structural applications at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive TPO Conference in Detroit.

ENLITE PP LGF 1851 and 1852 are latest members of Trinseo’s ENLITE structural polymers portfolio. The new ENLITE products have the highest glass fiber concentration (85%) of any PP LGF concentrate available commercially for automotive semi-structural applications, which enables lighter weight interior parts at lower total cost compared to steel and aluminum.

We know that lightweight is more than a trend in the automotive industry; it’s a necessity. We’ve also seen an increasing need for cost-effective semi-structural parts, and our new ENLITE LGF 1851 technology is a direct response to these demands. It is the first structural polymer with an 85% concentration on the market, offering manufacturers a more advanced, robust, and affordable solution for today’s lightweight needs.

—Dagmar van Heur, Vice President, Performance Plastics

ENLITE products are developed for instrument panels, door modules, front-end modules, tailgates, and other interior and semi-structural applications that require a balance of dimensional stability, heat resistance and weight optimization.

ENLITE PP-LGF 1851 and 1852 are a step-change improvement over the previous industry benchmark of 60% LGF concentration, Trinseo said.

The 85% glass concentration allows customers to achieve cost savings of up to 10% through significantly reduced compounding costs and other efficiencies such as outstanding pellet robustness combined with good dispersion properties of the HiCon ENLITE products. The dispersibility of the 85% concentrate is as good as traditional 60% concentrates, while delivering good impact resistance and durability in the final part.

The pellet robustness of ENLITE 1851 and 1852 products minimizes generation of loose fibers during air conveying, which ultimately reduces production costs at the customer.

ENLITE LGF 1851 and 1852 are now available globally and supported by a new, production facility in Midland, Michigan.

Trinseo’s extended polypropylene offering includes a range of high-flow resins, providing excellent material performance related to low VOC and high flow, and enabling optimized interior parts related to air quality and weight reduction through thin-wall technology.


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