By Liz White, ERJ staff
Houston, Texas-Kraton Polymers is increasing its capacity for Kraton G thermoplastic elastomers in Belpre, Ohio, and Berre, France, by nearly 10 kilotonnes a year.
The group said the move is in response to â€œrising demand from customers in the adhesives, compounding, packaging, and polymer modification sectors.â€
Kraton’s additional capacity for these high-performance styrene-ethylenebutylene-styrene and styrene-ethylenepropylene-styrene grades of block copolymer will come from debottlenecking. A series of low-cost capital investments â€œwill primarily allow capacity growth to support the global growth in our…