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Kraton develops, manufactures, and markets biobased chemicals and specialty polymers that deliver exceptional value and enhance the lives of people all over the world. As a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers (SBC) and pine chemicals, we manufacture high-performance materials that differentiate our customers’ products and meet multi-market needs. Our global footprint, reliable supply, extensive expertise, and integrated portfolio of high-quality products enable our customers to push the boundaries of performance to power the future of innovation.
In 2020, Kraton developed and launched the CirKular+™ product line to support the plastics industry’s commitment to sustainability and circularity through reuse, reduce, and recycling initiatives. With a holistic approach to the end of the product lifecycle, CirKular+ enables plastics upcycling and circular economy solutions, facilitating compatibilization and performance enhancement of versatile multi-resin post-consumer (PCR) and post-industrial (PIR) plastic waste streams in various applications.
CirKular+ additives are recyclable and support design for recyclability utilizing a polyolefin-based approach. At dosage as low as 1%, CirKular+ maximizes the recycled content up to 99% and enhances PCR performance without trade-offs to functionality or aesthetics of the end product. CirKular+ enhances recyclability and reuse for a wide range of plastics including the engineered thermoplastic resins. Based on precise styrenic block copolymer chemistry, it enables the diversion of mixed plastic waste from landfills and their reuse in mechanical recycling processes.
The CirKular+ product line includes the Performance Enhancement Series and Compatibilization Series. At 3-5% loading, CirKular+ improves the mechanical performance of polyolefinic PCR and PIR up to 500% while increasing durability with minimal loss in stiffness. CirKular+ also expands the application range to cover incompatible materials such as polypropylene/polyamide, polyolefin/PET, and polyamide/PET blends, delivering superior performance even after up to five reprocessing cycles equivalent to mechanical recycling. CirKular+ has received APR critical recyclability guidance for HDPE bottles with additional RecyClass certifications underway. This innovative technology enables the transition to a circular economy, enabling more effective uses of resources and energy while reducing GHG emissions, ensuring a healthy climate.
Kraton has been named a finalist for the prestigious Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2021 for our CirKular+™ Innovative Plastics Upcycling and Circular Economy Solutions in the Product Technology Innovation category.
Material Suppliers - technical/engineering plastic
Kraton is a global producer of specialty chemicals. Kraton’s CirKular+™ new product line was engineered to support the industry commitment to circular economy. With a holistic approach to the end product lifecycle, CirKular+™ solutions enable a versatile multi-resin compatibilization and performance enhancement for post-consumer and post-industrial resins. CirKular+ additives support polyolefinic design for recyclability, maximize recycled content and increase repeated reuse of recycled plastics across a wide range of applications.