HOUSTON (July 25) — Kraton Polymers L.L.C. will increase annual production capability for unhydrogenated styrenic block copolymers by 20,000 metric tons at its European plants by April next year.
The company claimed in a statement that the increase at its facilities in Germany, the Netherlands and France was in response to rising demand from customers and to ensure enough capacity for future growth.
"We continue to generate significant USBC capacity gains through low-cost de-bottlenecks," David Bradley, vice president of global operations, said. Kraton did not disclose the amount of investment budgeted.
"The successful incorporation of Lean Six Sigma techniques into our operations, coupled with our ability to leverage knowledge across our manufacturing facilities around the world has proven to be a powerful combination," Bradley said.