Ineos Styrolution has developed what officials claim are the world's first fully bio-attributed ABS resins.
The new ECO B line is part of Ineos Styrolution's Terluran-brand ABS portfolio. Officials with Ineos Styrolution in Frankfurt, Germany, said in a news release that the new grades complement previous mechanically recycled Terluran ECO materials.
Officials described the new ABS grades as "the final jigsaw piece" in Ineos Styrolution's polystyrene and ABS portfolio, which now consists of mechanically recycled and bio-attributed solutions for all three of the firm's products lines.
The new ECO B grades are based on renewable feedstock according to an ISCC-certified mass balance approach. The new feedstock can be used as a replacement for conventional feedstock for all three components in ABS, acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene monomer.
Officials said this approach maximizes the renewable feedstock in the material while minimizing the CO2 footprint. One of the new grades contains bio-attributed content from styrene monomer from renewable sources. The other new grade contains a complete bio-attributed solution with bio-attributed content from all three monomers.
Terluran is used in a broad range of applications, including automotive, household, electronics, construction, toys, and sports and leisure.
"This new bio-attributed standard ABS rounds up our range of sustainable Terluran solutions," ABS Product Director Yohann Bach said. "I expect it to be particularly interesting for customers with very ambitious sustainability goals minimizing their ecological footprint while not compromising on performance."
Officials added that all of Ineos Styrolution's bio-attributed products have identical physical and mechanical properties as their counterparts based on conventional feedstock.
Ineos Styrolution is a global leader in styrenic materials, operating 20 production sites in 10 countries. The firm employs 3,600 and posted sales of almost $6 billion in 2021.