EMERGE™ PC/ABS 7590E60

What is it?

EMERGE™ ECO Advanced Resins are a family of engineered PC and PC/ABS. This family of products contain up to 95% post consumer recycled (PCR) polycarbonate that is carefully and selectively sourced. This enables the production of PCR-containing resins in white and even transparent color. This member of the product family contains 60% post-consumer recycled (PCR) polycarbonate, without chlorine or bromine additives. It has a good fire resistance and provides easy processability for moulding thin-wall parts. 

Material properties

  • Density [g/cm3]  1.20

  • Tensile Modulus [MPa] 2420 

  • Tensile Strength [MPa] 

  •    Yield 59.0

  •    Break 46.0

  • Tensile Elongation [%] 

  • Yield 4.0 

  • Break 76

  • Flexural Modulus [MPa]  2830 

  • Flexural Strength at Break [MPa]  97.0 

  • Notched Izod Impact (23°C) [J/m] 675 

  • Flame Rating – 1.5mm UL94 V0

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Technical benefits

PC/ABS blends offer a distinct balance of characteristics, including mechanical properties, thermal resistance, colour stability, and processability. This grade has been modified for improved fire resistance (UL94 V0).

Look and feel

Even with a high recycled content, these materials maintain a high quality of surface appearance, and good gloss. Various colours are possible to match. 

Environmental benefits

A life cycle analysis (LCA) conducted on EMERGE™ PC/ABS with 60% PCR content shows that this grade, compared with virgin PC/ABS, reduces:
GWP (Global Warming Potential) by 60%
Water consumption by 71%
Energy consumption by 59%

Applications

• Electronics and electrical appliances

• Charger and adaptor enclosures

• Telecommunication equipment

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Why we chose this material 

Most post-consumer recycled thermoplastics are commodity plastics such as polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, and PET. The big streams of recycled plastic come from the packaging industry. Polycarbonate is a higher value engineering polymer and is more typically used in consumer products where the recycling rate is, unfortunately, still relatively low. 

We found it interesting how this PC/ABS blend, with a high degree of recycled content, can retain its good visual and mechanical properties. 

Why you should consider this material

  • You need a sustainable alternative to virgin PC/ABS

  • You need an engineering polymer for rigid housing parts

  • You need a fire-resistant material

About the manufacturer

Trinseo is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics and latex binders. Trinseo’s technology and materials are used in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard.