Trinseo announces sale of synthetic rubber business to Synthos S.A. for $491 million

Trinseo announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its synthetic rubber business based in Schkopau, Germany (“Synthetic Rubber” or the “Business”) to Synthos S.A. and its affiliates (collectively “Synthos”) for an enterprise value of approximately $491 million, comprised of $449.4 million of cash and the assumption of approximately $41.6 million of pension liabilities. The expected net cash proceeds are approximately $400 million after transaction-related costs and taxes

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U.S. chemical production falls in March as winter storm impact lingers

The U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) fell 2.8% in March following a 3.9% decline in February and a 0.6% increase in January, according to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Chemical output fell in all regions as the impact of the February winter storm continued to disrupt chemical production in the Gulf Coast and parts of the country that rely on raw materials from the region. The U.S. CPRI is measured as a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis

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Synthetic rubber market forecast at $45.7 billion by 2027

Synthetic rubber finds widespread usage as a commodity material, which substitutes natural rubber, for instance, in the production of pneumatic tires, which specifically uses E-SBR. Further uses include gaskets and shoe soles, among others. Synthetic rubber also finds usage in building & construction applications, as a binding and sealing agent as an alternate to PVA. In these applications, it provides reduced shrinkage, better durability, and increased flexibility, along with being resistant to emulsification in humid conditions. Moreover, synthetic rubber is utilized to tank damp surfaces or rooms, where it is painted onto the whole surface, forming a seamless, continuous, damp-proof liner, such as in basements.

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