Kraton Expands Renewable Copolymer Capacity
Global specialty polymer and biobased products producer Kraton Corporation recently announced the expansion of its manufacturing capabilities to produce its 100% ISCC PLUS certified renewable styrene block copolymers (SBC).
According to the press release, the expansion of its Berre, France, facility will be a part of the company’s CirKular+ ReNew Series, through a mass balance approach. This series reportedly enables up to 85% cradle-to-gate carbon footprint reduction, including biogenic carbon, compared to fossil-based products manufactured at the site.
Kraton says this advancement reinforces its commitment to the circular economy, as well as offering customers sustainable solutions.
“Our expanded capabilities mark a significant milestone in Kraton’s commitment to advance the circular economy,” said Holger Jung, Kraton co-CEO and Kraton Polymer CEO. “The established capability to produce up to 100% ISCC PLUS certified renewable SBC offers an exciting opportunity to further reduce the carbon footprint of our fossil-based products made in the Berre site by up to 85%.”
Launched in 2020, the CirKular+ product line reportedly offers solutions for the circular economy and plastics upcycling using a holistic approach to the product lifecycle. These products help customers shift to renewable materials, improve product performance, lower carbon footprint and allow the uptake of recycled plastics, Kraton says.
Additionally, the CirKular+ ReNew Series are ISCC PLUS Certified renewable polymers. In 2022, Kraton reported that successfully produced CirKular+ ReNew Series SBCs at the Berre plant using certified renewable butadiene to enable up to 70% ISCC PLUS certified content.
With the newly expanded capability, the ReNew Series can now offer up to 100% certified renewable content, including certified renewable styrene and will allow customers to use the mass balance approach to produce renewable products.