Kraton Performance Polymers to Showcase Innovative Polymer Solutions for Adhesive Applications and Sustainable Alternatives for Hygiene Hot Melt Adhesives Shanghai, China, October 25-27, 2012

SHANGHAI and HOUSTON, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," announces plans to showcase its innovative polymer solutions for adhesive applications at the 15th China International Adhesives and Sealants Exhibition in Shanghai, China. The event will take place at the Shanghai Everbright Exhibition and Convention Center from October 25-27, 2012.

Kraton Polymers invites all interested parties to visit its product showcase in Booth A1312 at the convention center. The company will display its innovative product offerings in pressure sensitive adhesives for labels and tapes, as well as hot melt adhesives for diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products. Additional applications on display will include Cariflex™ polyisoprene products for cold seal adhesives and hydrogenated SBCs in gels for cosmetics and energy absorption. For further information about our product offerings and to discuss specific product grades to meet your needs, please visit our product specialists at the show.

In addition to the product showcase, Kraton scientist, Dr. Lily Yang,  will make a technical presentation on New HSBC Technology for Modification of Amorphous Polyolefins - More Sustainable Alternatives for Hygiene Hot Melt Adhesives in Hall 10 on the second floor of the convention center on October 24 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Dr. Yang will discuss how Kraton's continued work on SBC modified products may provide up to a 25% reduction in tackifying resins to formulate adhesives for use in hygiene product formulations.

To register for the show, please visit the conference website. For media inquiries, please contact Marcie Coronado, Marketing Communications Manager, at 281-504-4975 or Marcie.coronado@kraton.com. For additional information on Kraton Performance Polymers, please visit www.kraton.com, or call 1-800-4-Kraton (572866).

About Kraton Polymers

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries, is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and styrenic block copolymers ("SBCs"), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by us almost fifty years ago. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability. Our polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. We currently offer approximately 800 products to more than 700 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and are the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents. We manufacture products at five plants globally, including our flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, as well as plants in Germany, France and Brazil, and a joint venture plant operated in Japan.

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Kraton, the Kraton logo and design, Cariflex, Nexar and the "Giving Innovators their Edge" tagline are all trademarks of Kraton Polymers LLC.

© Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. 2012.  All rights reserved.

For Further Information:
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.
Media: Marcie Coronado +1-281-504-4975
Investors: H. Gene Shiels +1-281-504-4886

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SOURCE Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.



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