Medical Applications

Kraton Performance Polymers develops and produces advanced, engineered synthetic elastomers designed to meet the specific requirements of medical product manufacturers.  The polymers and polymer-modified systems perform like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) but are formulated without PVC, phthalates, plasticizers and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  As a result, the Kraton materials do not have the health concerns associated with plasticizers and are environmentally sound as well as recyclable.

Our styrene block copolymers (SBCs) are widely recognized for their ease of processing and combination of physical properties including clarity, flexibility, resilience, strength and durability.  The materials exhibit outstanding cost-performance benefits for producing tough, transparent, medical tubing and IV bags as well as a broad range of single-use nonwoven fabrics and wound dressings.

Next-generation Kraton enhanced rubber segment (ERS) styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrenes (SEBS) are characterized by even greater handling and performance properties.  The polymers are highly compatible with polypropylene (PP) to form extrudable and moldable compounds with improved flow without plasticizers.  ERS SEBS can withstand most sterilization methods and is well suited for producing high-clarity medical bags, tubes and flexible films.

Our Cariflex Polyisoprene Products are manufactured using a simple but highly efficient polymerization process developed by Kraton.  These products are proving to be a superior alternative to natural rubber because they are free from naturally occurring natural rubber proteins that can trigger Type I allergic reactions.  The high-strength materials also ensure the production of soft, high-protection surgical gloves, leak-resistant medical stoppers and durable, resilient physiotherapy and tourniquet bands.

Kraton’s ERS SEBS polymers and Cariflex polyisoprenes for the medical industry are products of our comprehensive R&D capabilities and long-term polymers expertise.  At Kraton, we are committed to creating custom materials solutions that can drive market innovation.  Customers benefit from our ability to conduct molecular level formulating as well as develop polymer combinations with the enhanced performance characteristics required by end-product manufacturers.

Our materials knowledge is backed by superior product quality, world-class customer service and a commitment building and maintaining customer partnerships. 

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Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. and all of its affiliates, including Arizona Chemical, believe the information set forth herein to be true and accurate, but any recommendations, presentations, statements or suggestions that may be made are without any warranty or guarantee whatsoever, and shall establish no legal duty on the part of any Kraton affiliated entity.  The legal responsibilities of any Kraton affiliate with respect to the products described herein are limited to those set forth in Kraton’s Conditions of Sale or any effective sales contract.  NOTE TO USER: by ordering/receiving Kraton product you accept the Kraton Conditions of Sale applicable in the region.  All other terms are rejected.  Kraton does not warrant that the products described herein are suitable for any particular uses, including, without limitation, cosmetics and/or medical uses.  Persons using the products must rely on their own independent technical and legal judgment, and must conduct their own studies, registrations, and other related activities, to establish the safety and efficacy of their end products incorporating any Kraton products for any application.  Nothing set forth herein shall be construed as a recommendation to use any Kraton product in any specific application or in conflict with any existing patent rights. Kraton reserves the right to withdraw any product from commercial availability and to make any changes to any existing commercial or developmental product. Kraton expressly disclaims, on behalf of all Kraton affiliates, any and all liability for any damages or injuries arising out of any activities relating to the use of any information set forth in this publication, or the use of any Kraton products.

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Kraton maintains a Cosmetics, Drugs and Medical Device Policy that restricts the use of Kraton’s Products in certain end use applications without Kraton’s prior written consent.  Accordingly, Kraton does not guarantee that Kraton’s products will be available for use in all potential end use applications.  Kraton’s Cosmetics, Drugs and Medical Device Policy is available on Kraton’s website at

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