Kraton polymers enable elastic film products to have the soft elasticity that offers a snug, comfortable fit in baby diapers. Kraton™ SIS and Kraton™ SBS polymers are used in the waistbands, ear tabs and stretch side panels of these applications. The range of elongation and tensile strength allows manufacturers to design products that fit a wide range of body shapes and sizes. These elastic films are converted into laminates and provide excellent recovery to withstand the repeated pull up-and-down cycles required in child training pants and adult incontinence products. Our enhanced rubber segment (ERS) polymer is designed for the melt blowing process where fabrics offer bi-directional stretch for an excellent fit and good breathability in adult incontinence underwear.
The comfort feel associated with thermoplastic elastomers are ideal for molding soft-touch grips on toothbrushes and razor handles. Kraton™ G is compatible with olefin substrates, and Kraton™ A is compatible with engineering thermoplastics. Adhesives formulated with elastomers are used as construction adhesives and elastic attachment adhesives in diaper assembly. These adhesives are also used to securely position feminine care absorbent products to underwear. Cariflex™ polyisoprene latex, a hypoallergenic alternative to natural rubber latex, is used in condoms to improve user experience with regards to sensitivity, comfort, odor and appearance.