Kraton Polymers Opens New Doors for TPE-S Compounds in High Temperature Applications

    HOUSTON, December 17 /CNW/ - Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton) a leading
global engineered polymer company, announces the commercialization of Kraton
G1633(R) polymer and the creation of new opportunities for TPE-S (styrenic
thermoplastic elastomer) compounds in high temperature, high performance

    Kraton research has developed a new solution that allows customers to
match or outperform the performance of TPV (thermoplastic vulcanizate)
material when using Kraton G1633 with the right combination of Polyolefin

    The innovation allows the automotive, medical, construction and
heavy-industrial sectors to achieve best in class performances and long term
durability combined with high quality aesthetics and lighter weight. Kraton
G1633 improves the compression set and stress relaxation of TPE-S compounds at
temperatures over 70 degrees Celsius. It allows the production of TPE-S
compounds with a broad hardness range, excellent oil extendibility, very good
processability in both extruded and injection molded applications,
recyclability and extensive bonding possibilities when compared to alternative
material solutions.

    Kevin M. Fogarty, Executive VP Kraton Polymers, comments: "Kraton G1633
polymer provides a good example of how Kraton Polymers focuses its innovation
on advancing application possibilities for customers. Its excellent
combination of physical, hardness and processing properties makes it the ideal
solution for maximising the performance of TPE-S compounds when high
temperature performance is required. The recent success of TPE-S for
weatherseals in the European automotive sector demonstrates the potential of
TPE-S compounds to the worldwide industry."

    Kraton G1633 is acceptable for use under FDA and European regulations for
direct food contact applications, and meets requirements under the United
States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Class VI Biological Reactivity Tests.

    For more information on Kraton G1633 polymers visit our website at or for direct enquiries customers should contact their sales
representative or Kraton market development manager, for Europe, for US, for Asia

    About Kraton

    Kraton is a leading global engineered polymer company 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

    Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, and "Giving Innovators their Edge"
tagline are trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC.

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For further information:

For further information: Kraton Polymers LLC Analyst: Andy Weaver,
281-504-4852 or Media: Rick Ott, 281-504-4720

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