MEXICO CITY (Oct. 5, 2:50 p.m. ET) — Resirene SA de CV has launched three new materials in the last year as it diversifies beyond its core polystyrene business.
Earlier this year, the Mexico City-based firm began production of Resalloy-brand additives, sales director Miguel Aguirre said Oct. 4 at the Plastimagen 2011 trade show in Mexico City. Resalloy allows for mixing of polymers “that don't normally mix,” he said, such as PET and ABS regrind.
Late last year, Resiprene entered the thermoplastic elastomers market with Resiprene-brand thermoplastic polyurethane. Around the same time, the firm launched Biorene, a bio-based resin that combines 40 percent starch content with PS or polypropylene.
Resiprene is making the new materials at its plant in Tlaxcala, where it operates 330 million pounds of capacity for PS. The firm also makes CET-brand styrene-methylmethacrylate (SMMA) there.
“We're staying in polystyrene, but also developing some niche areas so we can grow the company,” Aguirre said.