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On 1 February 2010, Kraton Polymers LLC, a global producer of styrenic block copolymers, announced a general price increase in North and South America of 10 cpp or USD 220 per tonne across all markets and end-uses, for its SEBS polymers and SEBS compounds. There will also be a general price increase for SEPS polymers and SEPS compounds of 15 cpp or USD 330 per tonne.

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Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) has opened a new pilot facility for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at Chempark Leverkusen, Germany. The company has invested some EUR 22 million in the planning, development and construction of the facility, which is the largest of its kind in the world and has an annual capacity of 200 tonnes.

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On January 18, 2010 Kraton announced a general price increase in Europe, Africa and the Middle East of EUR 100 /MT across all markets and end uses, for its SBS and OE SBS polymers.

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Eastman Chemical has completed the expansion of its Regalite hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin facility in Middelburg, the Netherlands. With this expansion, the original capacity has increased by 65 %. In addition, the company has further optimised its production process with this expansion, now using less energy per tonne of end product.

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iSmithers & Smithers Rapra have issued a call for papers for the 13th International Conference on thermoplastics elastomers TPE 2010. The conference will take place in Cologne, Germany, 26-27 October 2010.

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The companies BASF, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Philips and Aixtron today confirmed that they had received commitment for funding of the new joint “TOPAS 2012,” the second phase of the OLED 2015 initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). TOPAS stands for “thousand Lumen organic phosphorescent devices for applications in lighting systems”.

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Teknor Apex UK Ltd. has announced that it is restructuring its management team with promotions and new hires designed to enhance service to customers in the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe. The move comes in response to growth in sales of polyamide and PET engineering thermoplastic compounds, which the Oldbury facility has long produced, and thermoplastic elastomers production of which began at the site in 2008, said the company in a statement issued 7 February.

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Kraton announces a general price increase in North America of USD 330/MT or 15 cents per pound across all markets and end uses, for all its SIS and SIBS polymers and compounds.

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On 23 December PolyOne Corporation announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of New England Urethane, Inc. (NEU).

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On 22 December 2009 Kraton announced the closing of its initial public offering of 10,294,118 shares of its common stock at a price of USD 13.50 per share.

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