Kraton to lift capacity for its SBS thermoplastic elastomer at Belpre in US

By Liz White, ERJ staff

Houston, Texas-Kraton Polymers llc announced 19 Sept that it is increasing capacity for its Kraton D polymers at Belpre, Ohio, by 10 ktpa.

The planned increase in production of Kraton’s styrene-butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomers is in “response to rising demand from customers in the paving and roofing sector of the North American market,” said a company statement on the debottlenecking.

“This low cost debottleneck in SBS capacity, resulting from success in utilising Lean / Six Sigma techniques, continues to demonstrate Kraton’s commitment…

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