Kraton to expand SBS copolymer capacity in Ohio
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Kraton to expand SBS copolymer capacity in Ohio

The production capacity is expected to increase by 24 kilotons annually by 2025

  • By ICN Bureau | April 01, 2023
Kraton Corporation, a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping by-products, announces a significant expansion of its styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymers (SBS) supply capability at its Belpre, Ohio facility starting in 2024. The production capacity is expected to increase by 24 kilotons annually by 2025.
 
"We are excited to announce plans to expand our Belpre manufacturing capacity. This expansion supports our growth strategy and our customer's growing demand for SBS in North America," said Holger Jung, Kraton Polymers CEO. He added, "Global supply chain challenges and force majeure situations in 2022 impacted our business, but we have successfully navigated and emerged stronger. We recognize the importance of a reliable, effective supply chain. This expansion will ensure Kraton efficiently delivers the products and solutions our customers rely on, with consistent quality. We appreciate our customers' patience and trust as we strive to meet their needs with best-in-class solutions."
 
The increased capacity affirms Kraton's dedication to enhancing product reliability and meeting ongoing demand from both current and potential customers. To further grow its SBS capacity in North America, Kraton is exploring additional manufacturing expansion opportunities to strengthen its regional position.

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