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Kraton Announces Capacity Expansions in Europe
Monday July 24, 6:00 pm ET

HOUSTON, TX--(MARKET WIRE)--Jul 24, 2006 -- Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global performance polymer producer, today announced plans to increase production capability for unhydrogenated styrenic block copolymers (USBCs) at its European plants. This 20 ktpa capacity increase is in response to rising demand from customers in a variety of global markets. Kraton is committed to providing world-class service to its customers, including having the capacity available to meet their future growth needs.

"We continue to generate significant USBC capacity gains through low cost de-bottlenecks. The successful incorporation of Lean Six Sigma techniques into our operations, coupled with our ability to leverage knowledge across our manufacturing facilities around the world has proven to be a powerful combination," said David Bradley, Kraton's Vice President of Global Operations. The additional capacity is expected to come online by April 2007.

Source: Kraton Polymers LLC

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