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Kraton Performance Polymers Discusses New Slush Molding Product Technology

HOUSTON, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: "KRA"), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," plans to discuss its new  slush molding product technology for Automotive Instrument Panel soft skin applications during a presentation at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Automotive TPO Engineered Polyolefins Global Conference in Troy, Michigan, on October 1, 2012.

Dr. Troy Wiegand, a staff scientist at Kraton Polymers, is scheduled to present findings in a paper, entitled " New Slush Molding Technology for Soft Skin Applications," and will highlight Kraton™ ST5100, a new proprietary compound series positioned for use in next generation TPEs in the slush molding process. The features and benefits of the Kraton ST5100 series solution will be discussed, including opportunities for customers to address unmet needs including significant weight reduction, improved haptics, recyclability, and sustainability.   The paper represents the technical introduction of a new alternative to PVC and TPU solutions traditionally used in this application space.

Dr. Wiegand is scheduled to speak during the Automotive Interiors Trims and Skins session from 11:00-11:30 a.m. in Salon A at the Detroit Marriott Troy on October 1, 2012.  To register for the event, please visit the conference website.  For further information about Kraton's slush molding technology using Kraton ST5100, or to schedule a personal interview, please contact Marcie Coronado, Marketing Communications Manager, at 281-504-4975, or Marcie.coronado@kraton.com.

About Kraton Polymers

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries, is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and styrenic block copolymers ("SBCs"), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by us almost fifty 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. Our polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. We currently offer approximately 800 products to more than 700 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and are the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents. We manufacture products at five plants globally, including our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, as well as plants in Germany, France and Brazil, and a joint venture plant operated in Japan.

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