Cariflex™ Isoprene Rubber Latex: The Choice for High Quality Surgical Gloves

Kraton Reveals Research Findings at 13th International Latex Conference

Aug 16, 2011, 08:30 ET from Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.

HOUSTON, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," presented results from its scientific paper entitled, "A Review of Synthetic Lattices in Surgical Glove Use," at the 13th International Latex Conference (ILC), the only U.S. conference focusing on natural and synthetic latex, on July 26, 2011 in Akron, Ohio.

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The presentation provided attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about Kraton's extensive evaluation of twelve various, commercially-available gloves from a range of suppliers, with respect to their mechanical behavior. All of the gloves tested, including synthetic latex alternatives to natural rubber latex, met the ASTM standard for surgical gloves and offered mechanical protection comparable to natural rubber latex gloves. Those tested included natural rubber (NR) latex, chloroprene latex (CRL), Ziegler-Natta isoprene rubber latex (ZNIR), and Cariflex IR Latex, an anionic isoprene rubber (AnIR).

Kraton evaluated the mechanical properties of the gloves in the following areas: tensile strength, modulus, and puncture resistance. Based on the observations, Kraton concluded that surgical gloves made with Cariflex Isoprene Rubber Latex offered mechanical protection comparable to natural rubber latex gloves. Further, surgical gloves made with Cariflex Isoprene Rubber Latex proved to be better than other synthetics in terms of comfort, and equal or even superior, to natural rubber latex gloves.

To read the paper in its entirety, please click here. For more information about Cariflex Polyisoprene products, please click here, or call 1-800-4-KRATON for further assistance.

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, we believe, the world's largest producer of 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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