Last week, an announcement from Kraton regarding efforts to gain regulatory approvals drew the most reader interest (Kraton Seeking Regulatory Approvals for Block Copolymer Use as Disinfectant): “Kraton Corp. recently announced that it is seeking regulatory approval for BIAXAM™, a sulfonated polymer technology with long-lasting self-disinfecting properties that has been demonstrated in studies to quickly inactivate up to 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) and other microbes. Kraton developed the BIAXAM technology as part of its sulfonated polymer product line and plans to expand product testing and seek regulatory approval for its use as a durable, long-lasting disinfectant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In parallel, Kraton is pursuing registrations and/or approval with appropriate regulatory agencies in countries outside the U.S.

“Depending on the regulatory approval process or certification requirements by country, Kraton believes that BIAXAM could be used as a coating on personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields, as well as a variety of high-contact surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, public transportation surfaces, cellphone cases, etc. Additionally, it could be used as a replaceable peel-and-stick film for a broad range of applications, including medical, textiles, building and construction, and packaging.”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for September 13-19

  1. Kraton Seeking Regulatory Approvals for Block Copolymer Use as Disinfectant
  2. Maroon Group Expands Operations, Relocates Eastern Headquarters
  3. Revenues from Smart Coatings and Surfaces for Combatting Bacteria and Viruses Projected to Top $1 Billion by 2025
  4. Henkel Joins U.S. Plastics Pact, Commits to Meeting Circular Economy Goals By 2025 2nd week at #4
  5. SONGWON and First Quality Chemicals Enter Distribution Partnership for Mexico

This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants, and coatings-related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week on our website, as well as our eNewsletters and social media platforms.