MOSCOW (MRC) -- Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders, has announced the completion of the previously disclosed transaction to acquire Aristech Surfaces LLC, a leading North America manufacturer and global provider of polymethyl methacrylates (PMMA) continuous cast, solid surface and architectural resin sheets serving the wellness, architectural, transportation and industrial markets, as per the company's press release.
This acquisition is another important step in Trinseo’s transformation efforts, focused on becoming a global specialty materials and sustainable solutions provider. The addition of Aristech strengthens Trinseo's position in acrylic solutions and broadens the company’s product portfolio offerings in important markets such as building and construction as well as consumer goods. Additionally, Aristech is expected to accelerate Trinseo’s growth in Asia. The increased exposure to new markets, and improved ability to generate cash and stable margins, is expected to ultimately lead to greater growth opportunities.
The acquisition includes the addition of approximately 300 employees across two manufacturing and R&D locations in Florence, Kentucky and Belen, New Mexico.
Aristech will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity within the Engineered Materials segment, while Trinseo continues the integration of the PMMA business it purchased earlier this year.
As MRC reported earlier, in May, 2021, Trinseo announced the closing of the previously announced transaction to acquire Arkema’s polymethyl methacrylates (PMMA) business. PMMA is a transparent and rigid resin with a wide range of end uses that augments Trinseo’s existing offerings across several end markets including automotive, building and construction, medical and consumer electronics.
The main application, consuming approximately 75% MMA, is in the production of polymethyl methacrylate acrylic plastics (PMMA). Methyl methacrylate is also used to produce methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymer (MBS), used as a modifier for polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall production of unmixed PVC totalled 515,900 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 1% year on year. At the same time, two producers reduced their output.
Trinseo is a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber. Trinseo's technology is used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Formerly known as Styron, Trinseo completed its renaming process in 1Q 2015. Trinseo had approximately USD3.0 billion in net sales in 2020, with 17 manufacturing sites around the world, and approximately 2,600 employees.