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CEO Letter to Stakeholders

The theme of this year’s sustainability report – Building Momentum – reflects our progress in driving sustainability across AmSty for customers and the planet.

It starts every day with an ongoing commitment to protect our people and communities. At AmSty, we work safely or not at all. As a Responsible Care® company, we continually invest in our people and relationships with contractors to improve safety performance. In 2024, we completed our fifth consecutive maintenance turnaround at our St. James, Louisiana, styrene facility without injury. That’s an incredible accomplishment for almost 800 people at peak activity in close working conditions, but also one that we expect as a norm.

We embarked on a multi-year project at St. James two years ago to improve operational reliability and strengthen our capability and competitiveness for the future. As we replace equipment near the end of its useful life, we are also upgrading to incorporate technology that will not only improve productivity but also reduce energy consumption and emissions. We are making similar sustainability investments in our polystyrene plants to improve efficiency and working conditions while also reducing water and energy consumption.

Our progress in developing circular solutions for polystyrene is accelerating. We successfully concluded our five-year proof-of-concept Regenyx joint venture and demonstrated that used polystyrene can be recycled back to new polystyrene with the same quality and durability as virgin material. We continue collaborating with stakeholders to bring advanced recycling to scale and ensure it is recognized as an important part of the overall solution for addressing plastic waste. We see foundational circularity practices, such as mass balance accounting, gaining broader acceptance across a wide range of stakeholders.

Our customers and the broader supply chain are also embracing the circular economy. ISCC PLUS certifications and branding licenses continue to ramp up sharply across North America, along with growing sales of circular polystyrene and styrene to customers in a variety of industries. To enable the full potential of this exciting trend, we are also leading the industry launch of the Polystyrene Recycling Alliance (PSRA) to improve recycling access for polystyrene across the United States.

We are proud of the essential materials we manufacture that make lives better. A new feature in this year’s report highlights how our products and practices support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are designed to foster a better world for all.

Momentum. It’s building and leads me to be optimistic about what’s ahead as we lead the way toward a more sustainable future.

Dr. Randy Pogue
AmSty President & CEO

About AmSty

Americas Styrenics LLC (AmSty) is a leading integrated producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer, offering solutions and services to customers in markets throughout the Americas. Styrene monomer is a key ingredient for a wide variety of industrial and consumer products, and it is also the chemical building block for polystyrene, a versatile plastic used in a broad range of consumer-facing applications. It is our belief these essential products should be produced in the most sustainable way to serve our customers and protect our planet.

AmSty has been a pioneer at the forefront of developing circular recycling solutions. We are building momentum toward a more sustainable future and making important progress through partnerships. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from the raw materials we source to our environmental stewardship, safety focus, corporate responsibility, and community involvement. AmSty was formed in 2008 through a joint venture between Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow). Dow sold its ownership to Bain Capital in 2010 which came to be known as Trinseo. Today, AmSty is a 50/50 joint venture between Trinseo and CPChem.

Headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, AmSty has more than 500 employees and contractors. We manufacture styrene monomer at our St. James, Louisiana, location, and polystyrene at locations in:

  • Allyn’s Point, Connecticut
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Hanging Rock, Ohio
  • Joliet, Illinois
  • Marietta, Ohio
  • Torrance, California
Map of AmSty locations in North and South America
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