KRATON announces styrenic block copolymers (SBC) as alternatives to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in medical and packaging applications

January 11, 2006 — /MARKET WIRE/ — HOUSTON, Texas — KRATON Polymers LLC (KRATON) announced today the availability of two new grades of its KRATON G(r) SBCs for film applications. These new grades provide an alternative to plasticized PVC for numerous film-based, medical and packaging applications.

The new grades, MD6932 and MD6945, offer USP Class VI certification, as well as easy processability in blown and cast films while maintaining the high degree of toughness, flexibility, and clarity necessary for a variety of medical and packaging products. They can be used as a mono-layer film, as a layer in a multi-layer structure, or dry blended with polyolefins to get the desired performance and transparency.

“KRATON is dedicated to providing innovative solutions that meet our customers’ ever changing needs,” Tracy Baugh, Global Vice President and General Manager for KRATON Packaging and Films, said. “We believe these PVC alternatives are ideally suited for the most stringent medical and packaging applications including surgical draping; IV, blood and platelet bags; tubing; or other products.”

For more information about these and other KRATON products, please visit our website at or e-mail us at [email protected].


KRATON Polymers LLC is a premier, global specialty chemicals company and is the world’s largest producer of styrenic block copolymers (“SBCs”), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by KRATON over forty years ago. SBCs enhance the performance of applications including adhesives, sealants, asphalt and bitumen modification, packaging, compounding and personal hygiene 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, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Brazil, and Japan.

Polymer Holdings LLC is the parent company of KRATON Polymers LLC and has no material assets other than its investment in KRATON Polymers LLC.

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