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Trinseo Plastics Grows its Support of Smart Home Applications

EMERGE™ Advanced Resins are used throughout the new Currant Smart Outlet

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Trinseo a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, announced that its EMERGE™ Advanced Resins can be found in the Currant Smart Outlet, a smart home product manufactured by consumer electronics company Currant. With the smart outlet and a corresponding mobile app, consumers receive a breakdown of their power usage as well as personalized suggestions powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to help them reduce energy consumption.

Trinseo has been supplying EMERGE™ Advanced Resins for the application during the prototype stage and now in production. The materials can be seen throughout the application ranging from the outer housing to internal components.

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Trinseo’s EMERGE™ Advanced Resins are specialty compounds that use Trinseo’s proprietary CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins in their formulation. “This particular application shows the versatility of Trinseo’s CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins as a base material,” said Tony Kam, TS&D technical development specialist at Trinseo’s Tsing Yi facility in Hong Kong. “The materials have all been designed to meet the specifications of each part or component, including design and weight requirements, UL safety standards, and aesthetics.”

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Currant selected Trinseo for several reasons including for the company’s sample stock program, its ability to provide technical service support from prototype to mass production, and its ability to coordinate support seamlessly between North America and Asia Pacific.

Another reason for Currant’s choice was Trinseo’s color matching capability, including its ability to achieve an ultra-bright white. Trinseo’s color lab in Hsinchu, Taiwan as well as its newest color capabilities in Mussolente, Italy – resulting from its acquisition of Italian Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) manufacturer API Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. (API) – truly distinguish the company in the marketplace.

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