Trinseo meets demand for clear UL-Certified lighting with polycarbonate for SSL design

June 8, 2016
Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, announced that it is seeing a strong demand for its polycarbonate compounds and blends. Of particular interest are Trinseo’s UL-certified clear grades, which allow for very high light transmission and the ability to compound in light diffusion aids to achieve uniformity of light distribution while maintaining high lumens efficiency.

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“An important part of this is being able to offer our customers the ability to customize Trinseo plastics based on application, balancing the critical properties of transparency, ignition resistance and thickness,” said Bill Marshall, senior account manager of LED lighting at Trinseo. “The goal continues to be to optimize visible light at the thinnest gauge possible for energy efficiency and cost savings and compliance with UL regulations.”

“This industry, like the rest in our Performance Plastics portfolio, is very discerning,” Marshall added. “The emphasis from our perspective has always been on helping OEMs achieve the benefits of LED technology and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.”

Trinseo offers a complete range of clear, UL certified grades. Its newest patent-pending technology, EMERGE™ 8830 LT Advanced Resin, is an innovative, clear polycarbonate that balances the properties of transparency, thickness and ignition resistance. Nearly as transparent as glass, the material is unique in that it has earned a UL 94 rating of V-0 at 1.0 mm and a 5VA rating at 2.5 mm. The SSL design material is available for indoor and outdoor applications.

Trinseo’s materials, CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins and EMERGE™ Advanced Resins, are used routinely in lenses, covers, housings, and reflectors. They are specified by a growing list of blue chip customers for their ability to address critical industry needs, including thinner gauge plastics, lighter weight materials, design freedom, and superior optics.

Trinseo has a rich history in the LED lighting industry that includes being involved with the technology since the evolution away from incandescent lighting began.

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 solution 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 $4.0 billion in revenue in 2015, with 18 manufacturing sites around the world, and more than 2,200 employees. More information can be found at

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Bill Marshall, Senior Account Manager of LED Lighting - Trinseo