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Kraton Performance Polymers Showcases PVC Alternative Solutions at Chinaplas® 2012 Exhibit and Technical Seminars Shanghai, PR China, April 18-21, 2012

HOUSTON and SHANGHAI, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Polymers LLC (together with its direct and indirect subsidiaries, "Kraton"), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," announces plans to showcase its latest advancements in recyclable and environmentally-friendly PVC and phthalate-free products at Chinaplas 2012.

"Chinaplas 2012 is the perfect venue for Kraton Polymers to showcase our latest technological advancements in environmentally-friendly SBCs that provide alternatives to non-recyclable materials that contain PVC and phthalates," said Prakash Kolluri, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific. "Kraton products improve performance characteristics and aesthetics in end use applications, and also facilitate recyclability," he concluded.

Kraton's exhibit of environmentally-friendly products includes applications in medical, wire and cable, faux leather, and automotive interior slush molded soft skins and Cariflex™ Polyisoprene Products.  Please click on the links above and visit booth #N1J41 to learn more about our products.

In addition to the showcase, Kraton product managers and scientists will conduct technical seminars during the show on the following innovations:

  1. New Kraton™ SBC Polymers and Applications; 
  2. New Slush Molding Compounds in Soft Skin and Artificial Leather Applications; 
  3. Kraton Products in Medical & Clear Consumer Goods Applications; and
  4. Application Opportunities Based on Cariflex™ Polyisoprene Products.

To attend any of the seminars, please see the Chinaplas Technical Seminar schedule for further details including dates and times. Kraton encourages interested parties to attend the seminars and visit the Kraton product showcase at booth #N1J41 to speak directly with our product experts. 

Kraton continues to offer a strong presence in China and the Asia Pacific region through its technology and investment in additional resources to support tremendous growth in the region. The company considers its presence at Chinaplas 2012 a vital step in communicating Kraton's innovation driven solutions with China and the broader Asian market.  For more information about Kraton products please visit our website at www.kraton.com or e-mail info@Kraton.com.

About Kraton

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries, is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and, we believe, the world's largest producer of 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.

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

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© Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. 2012.  All rights reserved.

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