Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.
) will feature its Cariflex polyisoprene products at MEDTEC
Europe, scheduled to be held in Stuttgart, Germany, from Feb
26-28. These products are used in high performance medical
applications, where they act as a substitute for natural rubber.
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The company, at MEDTEC Europe, will make a technical presentation
titled "Super clean polyisoprene polymer and latex for high
performance medical devices" on Feb 27. The presentation will
focus on how Cariflex polyisoprene products protect health care
professionals and consumers from infection, contamination and
allergic reactions. Detailed, comparative performance data in
specific applications such as medical stoppers and surgical
gloves will be provided during the presentation.
Product experts, at the company's booth at MEDTEC Europe, will
demonstrate how Cariflex polyisoprene products effectively serves
medical devices markets including catheters, tube connectors,
needle shields, probe covers, and cohesive bandages and are
suitable for applications that require the high tensile strength
and tear resistance of natural rubber.
Kraton is a leading global producer of engineered polymers used
to enhance the performance of products. The company also invented
styrenic block copolymer (SBC) chemistry and its portfolio also
consists of value-enhancing polymers that are used in a wide
variety of applications.
Kraton reported its third-quarter 2012 results in Oct 2012. The
company logged a net loss of 48 cents per share compared with a
profit of $1.33 per share in the year-ago quarter. The results
include impairment charges and the impact related to changes in
the company's valuation allowance. Revenues decreased 14.8% year
over year to $342.6 million in the quarter.
Kraton, which currently retains a short-term Zacks Rank #3
(Hold), will report its fourth quarter results on Feb 27.
Other companies in the specialty chemical industry with favorable
Zacks Rank are
A. Schulman, Inc.
Westlake Chemical Corp.
). While Landec holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both A.
Schulman and Westlake retain a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).