Kraton sales for IV bags soar 91%


PVC replacements, particularly for medical applications, will be featured by Kraton Performance Polymers (Houston, TX) at NPE2012 (April 1-5; Orlando, FL).

Sales of its styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs" as a replacement for PVC in intravenous (IV) bags were up 91% last year.

In a presentation Dec. 6, 2011 at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2011 Industrials Conference in New York, a Kraton official said: "Phthalate plasticizers are used to make PVC soft but they can leach from finished products and create health concerns. Kraton also said that PVC has "limited recyclability" and is "unsafe when burned or incinerated improperly."
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