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(Left) Kevin Campbell, Kraton’s Vice President, Emerging Business; Prakash Kolluri, Kraton’s Vice President, Specialty Polymers; Vijay Mhetar, Kraton’s Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer; Kevin Fogarty, Kraton’s Chief Executive Officer & President; Holger Jung, Kraton’s Senior Vice President, Polymer Segment President; Bas Hennissen, Kraton’s Vice President, Sales, Asia.
(Left) Kevin Campbell, Kraton’s Vice President, Emerging Business; Prakash Kolluri, Kraton’s Vice President, Specialty Polymers; Vijay Mhetar, Kraton’s Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer; Kevin Fogarty, Kraton’s Chief Executive Officer & President; Holger Jung, Kraton’s Senior Vice President, Polymer Segment President; Bas Hennissen, Kraton’s Vice President, Sales, Asia.
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Kraton Corporation, a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, specialty polymers and high-value performance products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, brought its latest innovations to CHINAPLAS.

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ey products for medical, adhesive, gel and automotive applications as well as polymer modification and compounding solutions were showcased at the booth.

 “We developed some exciting solutions for the medical and automotive markets. With our Innovation Center in Shanghai and the recent completion of our HSBC plant in Mailiao, Taiwan, Kraton is well-positioned to serve this region through our expanding innovation portfolio,” said Kevin Fogarty, Kraton’s Chief Executive Officer & President during the media roundtable at CHINAPLAS.

Kraton’s IMSS technology enables the injection molding of large, thin-walled soft skin parts.

As introduced, featured automotive innovations include the Kraton Injection Molded Softskin (IMSS) and Slush Molded Softskin technologies. Based on the recently launched high-flow styrenic block copolymers (SBC), these lightweight, low volatile-organic-compound (VOC) technologies deliver system-level cost savings for IMSS automotive interior applications and SBC thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) solutions for existing slush polyvinyl chloride (PVC) processes.

Kraton’s IMSS technology can be utilized on standard equipment and under normal processing conditions, using both skin-only and over-moulded injection molding processes.

It is suitable in applications such as instrument panels, trim panels and center consoles. It also supports environmentally responsible initiatives such as vehicle lightweighting and recyclability with the ability to reuse scrap and production trim waste.

 “The IMSS technology delivers significant cycle time reduction and process consistency improvements to the soft skin manufacturing process, resulting in lower system costs and improved quality performance,” introduced Joseph Schulcz, Kraton’s Automotive Market Manager, at the booth.

On the other hand, Kraton’s Slush Molded Softskin technology enables features that are consistent with current automotive interior design practices and is preferred over IMG Thermoforming and Sprayed Polyurethane (PU). This production process allows manufacturers and OEMs a greater design freedom and is used to produce a variety of automotive interior components, such as instrument panels, door trim, consoles and airbag covers.

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