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KRATON Announces Capacity Expansion at Belpre Plant in The U.S.
Friday September 16, 8:00 pm ET

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 16, 2005--KRATON Polymers LLC (KRATON) today announces increasing production capability for KRATON D polymers at its Belpre, Ohio, plant by 10 ktpa in response to rising demand from customers in the paving and roofing sector of the North American market.

"This low cost debottleneck in SBS capacity, resulting from success in utilizing Lean / Six Sigma techniques, continues to demonstrate KRATON's commitment to its core markets and customers," said Stephen Evans, Vice President and General Manager for Paving, Roofing and Footwear. The additional capacity is expected to be online by April, 2006.


KRATON Polymers LLC is a premier, global specialty chemicals company and is the world's largest producer of styrenic block copolymers ("SBCs"), a family of products whose chemistry was pioneered by KRATON over forty years ago. SBCs enhance the performance of applications including adhesives, sealants, asphalt and bitumen modification, packaging, compounding and personal hygiene 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, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Brazil and Japan.

Polymer Holdings LLC is the parent company of KRATON Polymers LLC and has no material assets other than its investment in KRATON Polymers LLC.

Source: KRATON Polymers LLC

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