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Kraton Will Host Technical Seminar At The China Adhesive Expo To Announce NEW Kraton™ HT1200 - Soft SIS For Adhesive Applications





HOUSTON, Sept. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers will host a technical seminar at the 16 th China International Adhesives and Sealants Exhibition, September 25-27,  in Guangzhou, China.   Dr. Lily Yang, Senior Scientist with Kraton Polymers will be delivering a technical presentation on the new SIS polymer, Kraton™ HT1200 for hot melt and solvent based adhesive applications.  The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 th at Guangzhou Poly World Trade Center in Pavilion #5 (near meeting room E), 3:00pm to 4:00 pm.

Dr. Yang, will discuss how the technology is unique in part because it is a highly branched (more than 10 arms) star polymer and offers the lowest PSC of the Kraton SIS product line.   The performance attributes of Kraton™ HT1200 include:  excellent solvent resistance in crosslink systems, good adhesive properties, high tack, and resistance to higher temperatures compared to other SIS copolymers. Potential applications for this new polymer include:  specialty tapes and labels, co-extrudable adhesive films, soft printing plates and flexible contact adhesives. 

"In 2012, Kraton made a significant investment in a new, state-of-the-art adhesive laboratory which is located in Shanghai.  We believe this investment demonstrates the strategic importance we place in serving our customer base in Asia and further enhances our application development capabilities for Adhesives, Sealants & Coatings in the region," said Prakash Kolluri, Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific, Kraton Polymers.  "We are excited to introduce our new HT1200, products for strippable coatings, vibration damping adhesive, and Cariflex IR latex in cold seal adhesives."

Kraton will have several technical experts and sales managers attending the show. These experts will be available to assist in providing more detail on the use of Kraton polymers in coatings and sealants and discussing new technologies and applications including water born dispersion, protective films.  For more information on Kraton ™ HT1200, please attend the seminar or visit us at www.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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