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Kraton Brings the Big Chill to Techtextil Frankfurt 2013

Promoting NEXAR Cooling Technology for Performance Fabrics

HOUSTON, TX –  May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: “KRA”), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers will present a paper and exhibit at Techtextil, June 11-13 in Frankfurt, Germany highlighting  NEXAR polymer coatings.  Kraton will be located in Hall 3.1 booth number J33.  Dr. Richard Blackwell, Senior Scientist with Kraton Polymers will host a technical presentation entitled “New Selectively Sulfonated Pentablock Copolymer Imparts Cooling Comfort to Textiles and Nonwovens.”  The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12th at 12:20 pm – 12:45 pm.

NEXAR polymer’s moisture activated cooling technology is designed to utilize the body’s natural sweating process to fuel an active cooling process.  As moisture is absorbed from the skin surface, NEXAR polymer swells and binds with the moisture, which, when released to the environment provides a cooling effect that exceeds other technologies.  Unlike other technologies available in the marketplace, NEXAR polymer coatings do not require complicated fiber or fabric construction and do not rely on a thermal activation.

“We want to capitalize on the momentum of the recent commercial success of NEXAR polymers by continuing the conversation with textile industry leaders about how NEXAR’s moisture activated cooling technology is a real game changer,” said Holger Jung, Vice President Sales and Marketing.  “The evolution of NEXAR polymers creates new opportunities for use as a coating, laminate, or additive.  Its unique properties make it suitable for the performance fabrics markets including protective clothing, industrial uniforms, bedding, military and intimate apparel.” 

For more information on NEXAR polymers, please stop by the booth J33 during show hours or visit us at

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. 2013.  All rights reserved.


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