Trinseo Opens Next-Gen Depolymerization Facility in Italy

June 26, 2024

Depolymerization technology advances the circularity of acrylics, yields high-purity recycled monomer

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, announced today the opening of its polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) depolymerization facility in Rho, Italy, on June 25. The pilot facility represents a significant step forward in the Company’s commitment to sustainability, as the next-generation recycling technology helps advance a circular infrastructure for acrylic solutions and is aligned with Trinseo’s 2030 Sustainable Product Portfolio Goals.

Community event celebrating the opening of the new PMMA Depolymerization pilot facility in Rho, Italy. (Photo: Business Wire)

Community event celebrating the opening of the new PMMA Depolymerization pilot facility in Rho, Italy. Individuals from left to right: Valentina Giro (Deputy for sustainable development for the Rho Municipality), Hon. Vinicio Peluffo, MP (Standing Committee on Industry, Chamber of Deputies of Italy), Andrea Origgi (Trinseo Site Leader of Rho, Italy), Francesca Reverberi (Trinseo Senior Vice President of Engineered Materials & Chief Sustainability Officer), Andrea Orlandi (Mayor of Rho, Italy), Frank Bozich (Trinseo President & Chief Executive Officer).

“We are thrilled about the opening of our depolymerization facility, which will help advance our goal to support a circular economy,” said Francesca Reverberi, Senior Vice President of Engineered Materials and Chief Sustainability Officer at Trinseo. “Our company remains committed to our sustainability goals, including investing in new recycling technologies that can support our customers in reaching their sustainability goals as well.”

Depolymerization is a chemical recycling process that returns acrylic solutions to the constituent monomer, methyl methacrylate (MMA). Complementary to other recycling technologies, depolymerization helps close the loop for acrylic recycling with several advantages over traditional processes. By utilizing this technology, acrylic solutions can be recycled—including PMMA sheets, which previously could not be mechanically recycled. Additionally, returning the material to its monomer form allows additives and contaminants to be removed from pre- and post-consumer acrylic products. This enables more PMMA to be recycled.

Trinseo’s PMMA depolymerization facility delivers a next-generation technology, utilizing an advanced continuous process to produce high-purity regenerated MMA from pre- and post-consumer acrylic solutions. Trinseo’s depolymerization technology leverages findings from the MMAtwo Consortium, a collaborative initiative funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, to develop a new value chain for pre- and post-consumer PMMA and a versatile recycling process for converting this waste into high-quality regenerated monomer with carbon footprint reduction versus virgin MMA.

“Today is a critical milestone in our sustainability journey,” said Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer at Trinseo. “Depolymerization expands our recycled feedstock capabilities, which in turn, will help us innovate new solutions. With this new capability, we can build a more robust recycled acrylics portfolio to better meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

The recycled MMA (rMMA) generated by Trinseo’s depolymerization facility is utilized in the Company’s ALTUGLAS™ and PLEXIGLAS® R-Life product portfolios. Through this new facility, Trinseo can produce rMMA that is comparable to virgin raw materials. This enables use in high-demand applications, such as vehicle taillights or caravan windows that require high optical quality.

For more information about the Company’s depolymerization technology and rMMA, go to Trinseo’s website.

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, partners with companies to bring ideas to life in an imaginative, smart, and sustainably focused manner by combining its premier expertise, forward-looking innovations and best-in-class materials to unlock value for companies and consumers.

From design to manufacturing, Trinseo taps into decades of experience in diverse material solutions to address customers’ unique challenges in a wide range of industries, including building and construction, consumer goods, medical and mobility.

Trinseo’s approximately 3,100 employees bring endless creativity to reimagining the possibilities with clients all over the world from the company’s locations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Trinseo reported net sales of approximately $3.7 billion in 2023. Discover more by visiting and connecting with Trinseo on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and WeChat.

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Source: Trinseo