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Making healthcare safer

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From the healthcare professionals working in hospitals to the patients who rely on their care, all of them depend on safe, reliable medical equipment to perform the daily job of saving lives. Kraton is proud to be part of that value chain as our products help deliver the key benefits to making that possible.

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Kraton offers advanced, engineered synthetic elastomers that are designed to meet stringent requirements of medical devices while eliminating health concerns from plasticizers and resolve Type I allergies caused by natural rubber. Our polymers and polymer-modified systems can replace natural rubber or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) but are formulated without PVC, phthalates and plasticizers.

 

Styrenic Block Copolymers (SBC)

Kraton styrenic block copolymers (SBC) offer clarity, flexibility, resilience, strength and durability in addition to easy thermoplastic processing capabilities. It can also be environmentally safe and recyclable. The products deliver outstanding cost performance benefits in the production of tough, transparent medical bags and tubing as well as a broad range of compounds for medical applications.

Kraton enhanced rubber segment (ERS) styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS) polymers offer improved processability and flexibility.  These polymers are highly compatible with polypropylene (PP), allowing the formation of extrudable and moldable compounds with improved flow and reduced hardness without plasticizing oils. The ERS SEBS and PP blends can withstand most sterilization methods and are well suited for producing high-clarity medical bags, tubes and flexible films.

 

Cariflex™ Polyisoprene Products

The Cariflex™ polyisoprene products are ideal for applications that demand extreme purity, comfort, exceptional protection and consistent high quality. These products are a superior alternative to natural rubber (NR) since it is free of the naturally-occurring proteins and eliminates Type 1 allergic reactions, which can occur through frequent exposure to NR. These high-strength materials are used in the production of soft, comfortable surgical gloves; leak-resistant medical stoppers; and resilient physiotherapy and tourniquet bands.

Kraton is committed to creating custom solutions that drives market innovation. ERS SEBS polymers and Cariflex polyisoprenes are products of our comprehensive R&D capabilities and long-term polymers expertise. Our market leadership is backed by superior product quality, world-class customer service and a commitment to building and maintaining customer partnerships. We can also conduct molecular-level polymer design to deliver enhanced performance characteristics as required by end-product manufacturers.

 

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Applications

Medical Bags

Enhanced flexibility

Medical Bags

Kraton hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers (HSBC) are used in single or multi-layer medical films.

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Barrier Coatings

Improved clarity and impact resistance

Medical containers

In the past, the medical industry replaced many of the glass bottles used to hold IV fluids and medicines with polyolefin containers.

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Roof Coatings

Better processability and PP compatibility

Medical Tubing

Kraton SEBS polymers are ideal for flexible medical tubing due to its low Shore A hardness, high polypropylene (PP) compatibility and ease of processing. 

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Project Example

Safer solutions

Medical Compounds

Kraton styrenic block copolymer (SBC) polymers can be formulated into a variety of elastomeric compounds that are flexible, stretchable and elastic for wide range of medical devices.

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Medical Disclaimer

Kraton Corporation and all of its affiliates, including Kraton Chemical, believe the information set forth herein to be true and accurate, but any recommendations, presentations, statements or suggestions that may be made are without any warranty or guarantee whatsoever, and shall establish no legal duty on the part of any Kraton affiliated entity.  The legal responsibilities of any Kraton affiliate with respect to the products described herein are limited to those set forth in Kraton’s Conditions of Sale or any effective sales contract.  NOTE TO USER: by ordering/receiving Kraton product you accept the Kraton Conditions of Sale applicable in the region.  All other terms are rejected.  Kraton does not warrant that the products described herein are suitable for any particular uses, including, without limitation, cosmetics and/or medical uses.  Persons using the products must rely on their own independent technical and legal judgment, and must conduct their own studies, registrations, and other related activities, to establish the safety and efficacy of their end products incorporating any Kraton products for any application.  Nothing set forth herein shall be construed as a recommendation to use any Kraton product in any specific application or in conflict with any existing patent rights. Kraton reserves the right to withdraw any product from commercial availability and to make any changes to any existing commercial or developmental product. Kraton expressly disclaims, on behalf of all Kraton affiliates, any and all liability for any damages or injuries arising out of any activities relating to the use of any information set forth in this publication, or the use of any Kraton products.


Kraton maintains a Cosmetics, Drugs and Medical Device Policy that restricts the use of Kraton’s Products in certain end use applications without Kraton’s prior written consent.  Accordingly, Kraton does not guarantee that Kraton’s products will be available for use in all potential end use applications.  Kraton’s Cosmetics, Drugs and Medical Device Policy is available on Kraton’s website at www.kraton.com


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