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MAGNUM™ goes China

MAGNUM™ goes China

Trinseo produces prime ABS materials in China 

Steven Liu, Trinseo Commercial Leader Automotive Business, Asia Pacific is excited: "We are very proud that we are now also manufacturing our Prime ABS in Zhangjiagang. With our new MAGNUM™ ABS Resins production line we underline our leading position as an unrivaled and sustainable partner for global consistency with steady growth.

"Trinseo has highly efficient manufacturing sites with proven track records of operating excellence. In November 2017, we reinforced our long-term commitment to have local production of our global products in all major regions for the automotive business: We proudly started the production of our MAGNUM™ ABS Resins in Zhangjiagang, China. Trinseo MAGNUM™ ABS Resins offer superior quality and have a long and very successful history in automotive exterior and interior applications for all OEMs in North America and Europe.

MAGNUM™ ABS Resin pure white color easy coloring

Trinseo’s MAGNUM™ ABS Resins (left side of photo) as compared to competitors’ emulsion ABS resins manufactured in China.

"Our MAGNUM™ grades are suitable for exterior parts such as spoilers, mirror housings, and bumper brackets. They enhance the automotive interior experience and are in use to produce interior parts like mid/center consoles, instrument panels, door trim panels, and armrests," Steven Liu explains.

MAGNUM™ ABS Resins help designers and molders to differentiate their applications and provide high end-user satisfaction. Now the high-quality MAGNUM™ ABS product range is being produced in China, providing the same premium performance globally.

MAGNUM™ ABS automotive grades produced in China

  • MAGNUM™ 3416SC – The reference high heat ABS in the automotive industry. It is universally suitable for all interior and exterior applications.
  • MAGNUM™ 3616 – A high heat ABS offering impact properties suitable for main interior automotive applications requiring ductility at ambient temperature and used in head-impact areas.
  • MAGNUM™ 3325MT – Medium heat ABS grades offering an inherent low gloss combined with a high flow specifically suitable for unpainted interior automotive applications.
  • MAGNUM™ 3904 – A medium heat ABS with very high impact properties suitable for main interior automotive applications.

Advanced production technology

We manufacture MAGNUM™ ABS Resins with the proprietary mass polymerization technology which provides low gloss, low odor and excellent consistent material quality for the automotive industry. The unique polymerization technology also results in low residual, consistent white base color resins enabling customers to improve their productivity and reduce their coloring costs.

Mass polymerization scheme

Advantages of the Trinseo mass ABS technology

  • Continuous process (not compounded)
  • High purity (very low residuals)
  • Whiter color
  • Low/high gloss
  • High product consistency
  • Easy coloring with concentrates providing improved economics
  • Very stable high heat ABS technology

Benefits for automotive applications

Consumers demand high quality interiors with low odor, durability and superb driving experience, while OEMs demand high production efficiency, high quality and low cost.
The high thermal stability of MAGNUM™ ABS Resins enable low VOC levels and allow for a wide processing window.
Its low residual features facilitate manufacturers to achieve low odor and high production efficiency.
The low gloss features allow designers to use fine textures and enhance the aesthetics and durability of the vehicle’s interior.
The excellent consistency and low base color enable tiers to use color concentrates allowing for reduced coloring cost and improved production efficiency.

MAGNUM™ properties

 MAGNUM™ ABS Resins make the difference.

Easy coloring with cost saving potential

Its high lot-to-lot color consistency, low base color and high thermal stability make MAGNUM™ ABS Resins ideal for self-coloring. The advanced properties and features of MAGNUM™ ABS Resins enable significant cost savings on coloring for our customers without a loss of product quality.

Reduced pigment cost

MAGNUM™ ABS Resins are much lighter than most competitive resins. One of the benefits of its consistent natural white base color is that less pigment is required to produce white or light colors.

Improved raw material cost

Easy and cost-efficient coloring via color concentrates can help our customers avoid minimum order quantity (MOQ) requirements for small lots of different colors. It also leads to fewer remaining scraps, which reduces raw material costs.

Reduced inventory/warehouse space

Warehouse rental fees can be substantial. When it is not necessary to store a wide range of pre-color resins as safety stock, our customers can significantly reduce inventory and warehouse space costs.

Increased flexibility with shorter lead time

Adopting self-coloring allows our customers to avoid keeping and managing many different lots of colors. Customer requests can also be responded to with greater ease and efficiency.

We invite you to learn more about Trinseo's new ABS production in China – reach out to Steven Liu,  at liu2@trinseo.com

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