New Sustainable Styrenics ECO Solutions Produced in the U.S.

INEOS Styrolution launches new U.S. produced, NAS® ECO grade of bioattributed polymers for the Americas region.

INEOS Styrolution, the global leader in styrenics, announced the introduction of their U.S., domestically produced NAS ECO grade of sustainable polymers. The new grade contains bio-based renewable materials and is now available in the Americas.

The addition of NAS ECO into the company’s ECO product portfolio, provides their customers with a growing selection of drop-in solutions for domestically produced, bio-attributed styrenic polymers without costly process changes (1).

Produced at INEOS Styrolution’s site in Decatur, Alabama, NAS ECO is based on the mass balance ISCC PLUS certified approach. NAS ECO 21, NAS ECO 30, and NAS ECO 90 will carry a “BB70” designation which indicates the percentage of bio-based content to be 70%, and NAS ECO XC will become available with a 50% bio-based content.

INEOS Styrolution Vice President Sales Management, Americas, Ricardo Cuetos, says, “We are pleased to offer our customers, U.S. produced, bio-attributed products. Our ECO materials provide customers with a seamless approach for integrating sustainable styrenic solutions into their current manufacturing processes.”

NAS ECO materials have identical properties and the same high-quality and performance as their fossil-based NAS counterparts. Thus, enabling a direct replacement for customers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve sustainable product goals.

About NAS
NAS is a stiff, amorphous styrene methyl methacrylate (SMMA) copolymer for demanding applications requiring excellent transparency such as water tanks and drinkware, medical devices, point-of-purchase displays, food storage and more. SMMA materials are used in applications across a range of industries including automotive, construction, electronics, healthcare, household, and packaging. NAS features an outstanding water-clear appearance, an extreme low-haze as well as a good thermal and chemical resistance. The optical properties of NAS are similar to PMMA, commonly known as acrylic. However, NAS has many material advantages when compared to acrylic solutions, primarily improved density and processing advantages for manufacturing.

About INEOS Styrolution
INEOS Styrolution is the leading global styrenics supplier, with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 90 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering solutions, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. At the same time, these innovative and sustainable best-in-class solutions help make the circular economy for styrenics a reality. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, packaging and toys/sports/leisure. Operating 16 production sites in nine countries, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of INEOS Group Limited and employs approximately 3,100 people. Sales were 6.6 billion euros in 2022.

(1) Domestically produced SBC products were introduced earlier this year:

Source: INEOS Styrolution (USA, September 11, 2023)