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Kraton Bringing Poly-Isoprene Rubber Manufacturing to United States

April 26, 2010
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Kraton Performance Polymers will invest approximately $27 million in its Belpre, Ohio plant to enable production of poly-isoprene rubber, according to Business Wire. This strategic decision will allow Kraton to manufacture this product in the U.S. to support increased customer demand and the projected long-term needs of the market. The demand and popularity of poly-isoprene rubber (PIR) products has grown significantly, especially in the medical industry, due to its ability to provide comfort and alternatives to natural rubber latex (NRL) products (which are often made with silicone or PVC-based devices). PIR is often substituted for NRL because it does not have natural impurities that can cause allergic reactions. Specific medical applications that benefit from the superior performance of Kraton Poly-Isoprene Rubber include catheters, surgical gloves, medical stoppers, medical tube connectors, dental dams, physiotherapy bands and personal care products.
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