Green Engineered Polymer expands applications for TPEs.
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New Kraton 'Advantaged' Polymers Offer the Expansion of TPE Applications
700 Milam St. 13th Floor N. Tower
Houston, TX, 77002, USA
HOUSTON - January 26, 2009 - Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of
engineered polymers, announces the introduction of a new Kraton A family of polymers. Kraton A1535 is the first polymer in the new "Advantaged" series to debut for global commercialization later this year.
Kraton A polymers are designed to meet the market's demand for a green alternative to flexible PVC in wire and cable, hoses and sporting goods. The new product family is halogen-free, recyclable and FDA approved for direct food contact applications. The new "Advantaged" polymers offer an expansion of opportunities for TPE compounds in a variety of soft grip and other over-mold applications for markets that range from personal care to high tech electronics.
"We are very excited to have this new family of polymers in our portfolio and we are confident that our new innovative technology addresses the market's need for a high performance environmentally friendly polymer," commented Michael Oberkirch, Global VP Advanced Materials for Kraton Polymers. "Our Kraton A polymers perform very well with PC, ABS, nylon and other engineered polymers allowing for excellent overmold adhesion."
Kraton A1535 can also be easily compounded with TPU materials to reduce hardness and
enhance flexibility. It boasts an array of unique properties including excellent dimensional stability, lower viscosity allowing for easy processability when compared to conventional grades, and weatherability.
For more information on Kraton polymers, visit our website at www.Kraton.com, or for direct inquiries, customers should contact their sales representative or Kraton market development manager: for Europe, Christian.Kafka@kraton.com, and for the US, Bing.Yang@kraton.com.
Kraton is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and, we believe, the world's largest producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by us over forty years ago. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability. Kraton polymers are used in a wide range of applications including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants, lubricants, medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing, and footwear products. Kraton has the leading position in nearly all of its core markets and is the only producer of SBCs with global manufacturing capability. Its production facilities are located in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, and Japan.
Vaneese M. Bell
Marketing Communications Manager
Kraton Polymers LLC
15710 John F. Kennedy Blvd Suite 300
Houston, TX 77032
Phone: 281.504.4792 Fax: 281.504.4793