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Cariflex Polyisoprene Products


Cariflex™ polyisoprene products are ideal alternatives to natural rubber (NR), particularly for applications that demand extreme purity, comfort, exceptional protection and consistent high quality. It is a pure and versatile option that offers natural rubber’s (NR) high tensile strength, tear resistance, elasticity and durability without the impurities that cause discoloration, odor and allergic reactions.

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Cariflex polyisoprene products are designed to provide advanced benefits and replace NR for molding medical products such as surgical gloves, tube connectors, IV bag, medical stoppers, balloon catheters, needle shields, dental dams and cohesive bandages.  Medical products – such as surgical gloves – based on Cariflex latex materials have a soft, skin-like feel that balances strength and reliable protection with an elastic, comfortable fit that easily contours to specific shapes. Cariflex solid polyisoprenes, typically used for molded parts such as stoppers and connectors, offer the added features of high resealability with minimal coring to reduce leakage risks.

Available in both solid and latex forms, Cariflex products are manufactured through our advanced anionic polymerization process, which eliminates impurities that causes discoloration and odor.  The resulting high molecular weight polyisoprenes are free of the naturally occurring proteins that characterize NR latex and can trigger Type 1 allergic reactions.

Cariflex products are easy to process with the same equipment and methods used for traditional natural rubber including dip molding, compression and injection molding, and extrusion.

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Medical Bags

Surgical gloves

Cariflex polyisoprene products are superior alternatives to natural rubber for the production of surgical gloves that require outstanding strength, reliable user protection and long-lasting wear comfort.

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Barrier Coatings

Cohesive bandages

Soft, stretchable bandages with self-adhering features (i.e. do not stick to users’ skin) are growing in popularity since it enhances patient comfort.

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Roof Coatings

Condoms

Strength, sensitivity, low odor and good appearance are critical features for condom users. With proven expertise in formulating polymers for soft touch personal care...

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Physiotherapy and tourniquet bands

Cariflex polyisoprene products produce soft, stretchable rubber films and bands used in physical therapy exercises as well as medical tourniquets.

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Roof Coatings

Dental dams

During various dental procedures, a dental dam or a soft, flexible, square rubber film is placed over the teeth to isolate the area the dentist is working on, keeping the area clean and dry.

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Medical stoppers

Medical stoppers are installed on IV bags and resealable pharmaceutical bottles to allow needle access to fluid or medication without residual leakage.

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Medical Bags

Needle shields and tip caps

o Pre-filled syringes with a full range of needle sizes are completed by adding tip caps and needle shields, which are typically produced...

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Barrier Coatings

Nipples

Cariflex polyisoprene products are well suited to replace natural rubber in nipple production.

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Probe Cover

Probe covers

Sterilizable Cariflex polyisoprene products are easy to process into thin films that exhibit good transparency for producing medical probe covers.

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Catheters

Cariflex polyisoprene products are high purity alternatives to natural rubber for forming catheter tubing.

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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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