HOUSTON—Polymer producer Kraton Corp. is expanding domestically and internationally, and has made several personnel changes recently.
The company has added to its manufacturing in Berre, France, to produce as much as 100 percent certified renewable styrenic block copolymers (SBC).
The effort is part of the CirKular+ ReNew Series via mass balance approach, which Kraton said can reduce cradle-to-gate carbon footprint by as much as 85 percent (including biogenic carbon) compared with fossil-based products manufactured at the Berre facility.
The products will be qualified under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus, a voluntary sustainability certification for plastics and chemicals, biofuels, food and feed markets outside the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Mass balance tracks how much recycled or bio-based raw material is contained in a value chain. Kraton notes in a news release that "all relevant life cycle stages of the end-product must be considered to identify the overall life cycle impact along the value chain."