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Kraton Polymers LLC Announces Completion of REACH Pre-registration

Published on 2008-12-02. Author : SpecialChem

HOUSTON -- Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of engineered polymers, announced its completion of pre-registration within Europe to comply with the regulation requirements of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals). This European chemical legislation requires the registration of all existing and new chemical substances that are manufactured and/or imported.

REACH asserts regulatory responsibilities on all global chemical companies to manage the risks involved with the chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. While the regulation exempts polymers from registration, the complexity and business impact could translate into interrupted business for European customers of suppliers who have not gone through registration. As a global leader in the industry, Kraton Polymers' proactive approach resulted in the pre-registration of all the substances in our European and imported product lines.

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"We are confident that our anticipatory actions will greatly reduce any potential supply disruptions that could affect our valuable customer base," says Lothar Freund, Vice President of Technology. "We believe this is a clear example of our company demonstrating industry leadership."

Kraton's strategic efforts ensure that all our customers can continue to use our products with great confidence and without any concern of regulatory disruption.

About Kraton

Kraton 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 our company over forty 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 process ability. Kraton polymers are used in a wide range of applications including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants, lubricants, medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing, and footwear products. Kraton has a leading position in nearly all of its core markets and is the only producer of SBCs with global manufacturing capability. Its production facilities are located in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, and Japan.

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

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Source: Kraton Polymers LLC

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