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Kraton Performance Polymers to Showcase Cariflex™ Polyisoprene Products, the Super Clean Polyisoprene Polymer and Latex for High Performance Medical Devices, MEDTEC Europe, Stuttgart, Germany February 26-28, 2013


1/31/2013 9:08:15 AM

HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: "KRA"), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers, announces plans to showcase Cariflex polyisoprene products, the pure and clean alternative to natural rubber for high performance medical applications, at MEDTEC Europe in Stuttgart, Germany.

Kraton Polymers and Dr. Philippe Henderson, Global Innovation Manager for Cariflex polyisoprene products, invite you to participate in a technical presentation entitled, "Super clean polyisoprene polymer and latex for high performance medical devices," at the MEDTEC Innovation Forum 2013 on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 3:20 4:20 p.m.

Dr. Henderson's presentation will focus on the rising industry demands placed upon medical device manufacturers to help protect health care providers and consumers from infection, contamination, and reactions to natural rubber allergies. Dr. Henderson will discuss how Cariflex polyisoprene products from Kraton Polymers enable these manufacturers to engineer new generations of products that offer an outstanding combination of safety and comfort for both patients and health care professionals. Dr. Henderson will provide detailed, comparative performance data in specific applications, such as medical stoppers and surgical gloves.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend Dr. Henderson's free and highly informative presentation by registering for the conference at the MEDTEC Europe website. You are also invited to meet with Kraton product experts in Booth #1F51 to discover how Cariflex polyisoprene products effectively serve other medical device markets including catheters, tube connectors, needle shields, probe covers, and cohesive bandages without the impurities that cause discoloration, odor, and allergic reactions. Cariflex products offer a pure and versatile option for manufacturing applications that require the high tensile strength and tear resistance of natural rubber. Cariflex polyisoprene latex is a clean alternative that can be substituted for natural rubber latex with minimal capital investment.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Dr. Henderson, please contact Marcie Coronado at +1-281-504-4975, or Marcie.coronado@kraton.com. For additional information about Cariflex polyisoprene products, please visit Booth#1F51 at MEDTEC Europe, the Kraton website, 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 offer our products to a diverse group of more than 800 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.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain "forward-looking statements," which are statements other than statements of historical fact and are often characterized by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "intends," "plans" or "anticipates," or by discussions of strategy, anticipated performance, plans or intentions. All forward-looking statements in this press release are made based on management's current expectations and estimates, which involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are more fully described in "Part I. Item 1A. Risk Factors" contained in our Annual Report on 10-K, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as subsequently updated in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We hereby make reference to all such filings for all purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update such information.

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.

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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