25 June 2009 00:05 [Source: ICIS news]
CHICAGO (ICIS news)--Kraton Polymers on Wednesday introduced a new sulfonated polymer membrane technology product line for use with high performance breathable fabrics, water transport, filtration and separation applications.
The Nexar technology “is better than the incumbent technology. But these days, for a customer to go through the process of replace the old technology, there will need to be an economic advantage,” said Kevin Fogarty, president and chief executive of Kraton.
Kraton introduced the product at the 2009 National Plastics Exhibition (NPE) in ?xml:namespace>
The company has a heavy investment in Nexar, said Fogarty. “We recognise that [Nexar] has significant value and needs to be priced accordingly. However, Kraton will offer customers incentives.”
Nexar is a group of styrenic block copolymers designed with high performance ion exchange characteristics for use in water filtration and purification, fuel cells and breathable fabrics.
The just-commercialised Nexar has already been shipped to a handful of Kraton customers. Fogarty said reports have been good, with increases in productivity noted by many.
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