LONDON (July 11)—Kraton Polymers Holding B.V. is expanding its styrenic block copolymer capacity through de-bottlenecking projects in Belpre, Ohio, and Berre, France. The projects should add another 13,000 metric tons of Kraton G capacity by 2002 and another 6,000 metric tons by 2003. Kraton Polymers was spun off by Shell Chemical Co. in early June and still is in negotiations to be acquired. It claims to be the world´s largest manufacturer of styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene thermoplastic elastomer products with more than 340,000 tons of global capacity.
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