Adhesives & Sealants Headlines / Raw Materials and Chemicals

Kraton Innovation Center Opens

Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. recently announced the opening of its new Kraton Innovation Center in Belpre, Ohio. This pilot facility reportedly allows Kraton to Kraton Innovation Center Opensmanufacture a range of styrenic block copolymer (SBC)-type materials in quantities ranging from 25 kg to 50 mt. The facility and its high-technology process equipment reportedly broadens the company’s abilities in polymeric chemistry by leveraging less traditional monomers and building blocks to meet customer needs and create innovative applications. This also reportedly opens the door to applications and industries where traditional SBCs were unable to be used. 

The pilot plant is located within the company’s commercial manufacturing facility in Belpre, allowing the new facility to use the existing plant’s technical skills, talents and infrastructure. Its fit-for-purpose volume scaleup bridges the gap between laboratory and full-scale production of products within the development cycle, reportedly enhancing the company’s ability to deliver developmental polymers in customizable quantities in record time. It is intended to reduce reliance on Kraton’s commercial manufacturing plants for test runs, resulting in fewer type changes and improved utilization of its manufacturing facilities.

For more information, visit

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

ASI April 2014 Photo Gallery

Our April 2014 issue is now available!


ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.

More Podcasts

Adhesives & Sealants Industry Magazine

ASI February 2015 cover

2015 February

You won't want to miss our special Adhesives at Work: Electronics section, plus articles on converting/packaging, silicones, coatings and more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Paid Leave

President Obama recently announced he wants U.S. businesses and the federal government to provide paid sick leave and paid parental leave to all workers. Do you think this is a good idea?
View Results Poll Archive


Handbook of Sealant Technology

The Handbook of Sealant Technology provides an in-depth examination of sealants, reviewing their historical developments and fundamentals, adhesion theories and properties, and today’s wide range of applications.

More Products

ASI 2014 Buyers GuideASI's Buyers' Guide

Annual purchasing resource for equipment used in the manufacture/formulation of adhesives, sealants, pressure sensitives, tapes and labels and for application of finished adhesives. 


facebook_40px twitter_40  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40 google+ icon ASI 30px

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.