INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, has announced today the introduction of an all-new product portfolio dedicated to polymer modification. The new product lines are addressing the need of compounders and extruders to enhance the properties of polymers and allow for improved processing. Smaller volumes of the new products are available via focused and very experienced distribution partners.
INEOS Styrolution’s new modifier line is the result of intensive testing with a range of customers and partners over the past years. The result is a thorough set of new powder grades that not only modify selected product properties to allow for new application designs. Certain modifiers also allow for improved processing resulting for example in working at lower temperatures and with a lower energy consumption.
Modifications range from enhanced stiffness to superior long-term performance with heat exposure, better color fastness and retention, UV resistance, dimensional stability, impact resistance and more.
The styrenics based modifiers address a wide range of polymers. Compatibility and efficiency vary by polymer and have been tested for polymers including ABS, ASA, PBT, PC, PP, PE, PS, PVC, SAN, SBC, TPE and TPU.
Agreements have been closed with specialised distribution partners Caldic B.V. and Bjørn Thorsen A/S to bring the new solutions to market also at lower volumes. Experts from INEOS Styrolution and its distribution partners have already started working with customers to identify the best modifier solution for a given challenge.
Dr. Alexander Glück, President Europe at INEOS Styrolution, comments: “Over the years, INEOS Styrolution has developed an extensive know-how with modifiers. All that experience has now resulted in a product portfolio that I think is second to none. The positive response from customers and partners has been very encouraging. With growing demand we are prepared to expand the portfolio further. I am particularly looking forward to the first solutions based on our ECO line of sustainable products.”
Dr. Eike Jahnke, Vice President Specialties EMEA, adds: “For many applications I expect our new modifiers to become a game changer. For example, one benefit of styrenics is its low density. Additional cost is compensated not only by the performance improvement, but also by the lower density of the modifiers in compounds or blends.”
 ABS: Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
 ASA: Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate
 PBT: Polybutylene terephthalate
 PC: Polycarbonate
 PP: Polypropylene
 PE: Polyethylene
 PS: Polystyrene
 PVC: Polyvinyl chloride
 SAN: Styrene acrylonitrile
 SBC: Styrene butadiene copolymer
 TPE: Thermoplastic elastomer
 TPU: Thermoplastic polyurethane