SOURCE: Kraton Polymers LLC

May 23, 2006 10:00 ET

Kraton to Launch Packaging Innovations at Propak Asia

HOUSTON, TX and SHANGHAI, CHINA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), an innovation leader in the styrenic block copolymer (SBC) industry, announced today that it plans to exhibit at the 14th International Processing and Packaging Technology Event for Asia -- Propak Asia to be held June 14th thru June 17th in Bangkok, Thailand.

Kraton recently announced plans to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region, and focus new SBC developments in the packaging and films industry. This event represents an excellent opportunity for its customers to learn more about Kraton in this expanding market. Kraton will showcase some packaging innovations which focus on modifying polypropylene while maintaining clarity, improving impact strength, toughness, flexibility and other characteristics like oxygen transmission rates and heat seal initiation temperatures.

"We are constantly examining our product pipeline to develop innovations that will satisfy the changing needs of our customers. The new technology we are showcasing at this event gives packaging designers the opportunity to tailor solutions, be innovative, and create unique packaging alternatives," said Tracy Baugh, Global Vice President and General Manager for Packaging and Films.

During the show, Kraton's Asia Pacific Packaging Market Manager, Vincent Conserva, will speak at a seminar where he will describe the performance benefits of new product grades developed at its world class research and development facilities in Europe and in the United States. Mr. Conserva's lecture is titled "Tailored Solutions for Packaging" and will be held at 11:25 a.m. on June 14, 2006.

"For over 40 years, Kraton has grown with the Asia Pacific region. We are excited about our prospects in the region, and we are very enthusiastic about our product applications for packaging and film manufacturers," said Jim Dieter, Vice President Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific. "As a global SBC leader in innovation we are pleased to bring new technology, expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities to a growing list of customers that are looking for customized solutions."

Kraton has built a strong presence in the Asia Pacific region over the past several years and is taking the next step in terms of growth. Over the next several years, Kraton intends to grow its position and will commit the necessary resources, technology and capital to that end.

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About Kraton

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 are highly engineered synthetic elastomers, which enhance the performance of 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 road and roofing materials, numerous consumer products (diapers, tool handles and toothbrushes), tapes, labels, medical applications, packaging, automotive 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, 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.

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