Kraton Corp. recently announced it has approved the construction of a semi works latex unit in Paulinia, Brazil. Construction is scheduled to complete by the first quarter of 2020 and ready for commissioning during the second quarter of 2020.

“The new semi works unit will enable further acceleration of our innovation projects,” said Philippe Henderson, market development director for Cariflex polyisoprene products. “We can reduce the cost and complexity during the early stages of new product scale-up activities and commercialization, allowing us to improve time to market.”

This capability could lead to more flexible commercialization of the new Cariflex IR2GL1 latex. The platform would reportedly allow for more efficient transition between the laboratory pilot unit and the full scale commercial unit. It could be used for early stage commercialization volumes.

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