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Styron and Resinex partner to serve European electrical and lighting industry

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Global materials company Styron and Pan-European distributor Resinex today announced a strategic partnership that will allow Styron and Resinex to meet the customer requirements of electrical and lighting (E&L) manufacturers. Resinex will add Styron's proven product range for electrical and lighting applications to its portfolio – including Calibretm polycarbonate resins and Emergetm advanced resins.

As the E&L market is characterised by a variety of local regulations and standards, manufacturers need focused and flexible suppliers offering customised solutions. By linking established resin technology to comprehensive sales, logistics and service infrastructure, Styron and Resinex can now meet the diverse demands of the E&L market.

"We are excited to add Styron's customised solutions to our strong product portfolio for the Electrical & Lighting market," said Michele Kucera, market development manager of electrical and lighting for Resinex. "With a focused technical sales force and an R&D team dedicated to Electrical & Lighting applications, we are perfectly placed to meet the needs of a market demanding tailored solutions."

For the electrical market, the portfolio includes six tailored chlorine- and bromine-free Calibretm polycarbonate resins and Emergetm advanced resin grades. Two of these grades are completely new: Emerge PC 8210 and Emerge PC 8410 advanced resins. This comprehensive range of products is available in four RAL colours tailored to electrical applications. Upon request, all grades are available in customised colours and specific melt flow rates. For outdoor applications requiring weatherability, the entire portfolio is available with UV-resistant properties.

Since electrical applications are subject to demanding testing requirements, the Calibretm polycarbonate resins and Emergetm advanced resins are designed to meet customers' needs for impact resistance and flammability. They are specifically designed for electrical applications such as connecting devices for low-voltage circuits, enclosures for household installations, electrical switch gear, electricity meters and electronic housings.

With LED lighting being developed as the next mainstream lighting solution, luminaire manufacturers need new solutions that meet the key requirements of tomorrow's lighting applications, such as high light transmission, the possibility to control and modify the bright LED lighting effects and design flexibility. These are exactly the sort of challenges that Styron and Resinex are taking on.

For the lighting market, the portfolio includes eight tailored chlorine- and bromine-free grades from the Calibretm polycarbonate resins, Emergetm advanced resins and Tyriltm SAN resins. Among them is the recently launched high-performance grade for LED lighting, Calibre 301-58 LT. All of Styron's lighting products are available either pre-coloured or for use with a master batch for self-colouring. In addition, the products can be tailored to meet the light transmission effects of specific applications.

The portfolio of Styron grades offered by Resinex is tailored for applications such as diffusers and lenses, housing, emergency lights, explosion proof lights, reflectors and fixtures. Whatever the application, Styron's resins offered by Resinex exhibit best-in-class thermal stability and have excellent optical clarity, impact resistance, dimensional stability as well as outstanding weatherability.

As prompt development is a requirement for both the E&L market, the portfolio of Calibretm polycarbonate resins and Emergetm advanced resins can be sampled, produced and shipped with competitive lead times. Moreover, a minimum order size as low as five tonnes is offered for customers.

"This strategic partnership is uniquely positioned to meet the specific needs of customers demanding tailored solutions and shows our commitment to the Electrical & Lighting industry," said Martin Whelan, product director of plastics at Styron. "We see this as a long-term commitment and will soon introduce additional products to reflect our commitment."

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