July 2, 2008
Kraton Polymers Announces North American USBC Price Increases
Kraton Polymers continues to experience unprecedented raw material and energy related cost increases. New record prices are being set for our primary raw materials, and we are obliged to implement further price increases.
As a result of these aggressive cost drivers, effective August 1, 2008, we are announcing a general price increase of 330 USD/MT, or 15 cents per pound, in North America for our SBS, O/E SBS, SIS, and SIBS polymers and compounds.
We appreciate our customers' continued business and understanding as Kraton continues to manage these difficult, and volatile, economic challenges. We continue to strive to be the innovation leader, providing polymer solutions and value-added services that enable our customers to differentiate and succeed in their markets.
Kraton is a leading global producer of engineered polymers and, we believe, the world's largest producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBCs), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by us over forty years ago. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability. Kraton polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants, lubricants, medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. Kraton has the leading position in nearly all of its core markets and is the only producer of SBCs with global manufacturing capability. Its production facilities are located in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Brazil and Japan.
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