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Kraton Launches SYLVATRAXX™ 8000 TEA™ Series for
High-Performance All-Season Tires

Company Exhibits New Biobased Solution at International Elastomer Conference

HOUSTON – September 20, 2019 Kraton Corporation (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, specialty polymers and high-value performance products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, is launching the SYLVATRAXX 8000 Tread Enhancement Additive (TEA) series at the International Elastomer Conference (IEC) on October 8-10 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kraton’s booth #321 will feature this second-generation polyterpene TEA with high biobased content. The products are designed to optimize the balance between wet traction and rolling resistance in silica-filled passenger car tire treads, especially in high-performance all-season tires.

 

“As a key supplier to the tire industry, Kraton delivers exceptional value through environmentally-friendly innovations that address customer challenges,” said Nicolas Derville, Tires Business Director at Kraton. “This new technology is an alternative solution to limonene-based products, meeting demands for both economic sustainability and safe, eco-mobility performance.”

 

Wolfgang Pille-Wolf, Principal Scientist at Kraton, will give a technical presentation titled “Viscoelastic Modifiers from a Renewable Resource.” Hosted on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 1pm in Technical Session A, the presentation will cover SYLVATRAXX 8115 and 8125 TEA products’ evaluation in typical passenger car tread compounds, including data from laboratory compounding studies and correlated with product’s key characteristics.

 

IEC is hosted by the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), where Kraton is a corporate member. Hosted every October, the conference is a forum for customers, manufacturers and suppliers of materials, equipment and services to exchange ideas, address regulatory reforms and discuss emerging scientific technologies. For more information, visit www.rubberiec.org.

 

About Kraton Corporation  
Kraton Corporation (NYSE: KRA) is a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers, specialty polymers and high-value performance products derived from pine wood pulping co-products. Kraton's polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, medical, packaging, automotive, paving and roofing applications. As the largest global provider in the pine chemicals industry, the company's pine-based specialty products are sold into adhesive, road and construction and tire markets, and it produces and sells a broad range of performance chemicals into markets that include fuel additives, oilfield chemicals, coatings, metalworking fluids and lubricants, inks and mining. Kraton offers its products to a diverse customer base in numerous countries worldwide. Kraton, the Kraton logo and SYLVATRAXX are all trademarks of Kraton Corporation, or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

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Viscoelastic Modifiers from a Renewable Resource
Technical Presentation by Wolfgang Pille-Wolf, Principal Scientist at Kraton

Tuesday, Oct. 8 | 1:00 PM | Technical Session A

The presentation will cover SYLVATRAXX 8115 and 8125 TEA products’ evaluation in typical passenger car tread compounds, including data from laboratory compounding studies and correlated with product’s key characteristics.