Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., one of the leading global producers of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs" presented results from its scientific paper entitled, "A Review of Synthetic Lattices in Surgical Glove Use," at the 13th International Latex Conference (ILC).
The presentation provided attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about Kraton's extensive evaluation of twelve various, commercially-available gloves from a range of suppliers, with respect to their mechanical behavior. All of the gloves tested, including synthetic latex alternatives to natural rubber latex, met the ASTM standard for surgical gloves and offered mechanical protection comparable to natural rubber latex gloves. Those tested included natural rubber (NR) latex, chloroprene latex (CRL), Ziegler-Natta isoprene rubber latex (ZNIR), and Cariflex IR Latex, an anionic isoprene rubber (AnIR).
Kraton evaluated the mechanical properties of the gloves in the following areas: tensile strength, modulus, and puncture resistance. Based on the observations, Kraton concluded that surgical gloves made with Cariflex Isoprene Rubber Latex offered mechanical protection comparable to natural rubber latex gloves. Further, surgical gloves made with Cariflex Isoprene Rubber Latex proved to be better than other synthetics in terms of comfort, and equal or even superior, to natural rubber latex gloves.
About Kraton Polymers
Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., through its operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries, is one of the leading global producers of engineered polymers. SBCs are highly-engineered thermoplastic elastomers, which enhance the performance of numerous products by delivering a variety of attributes, including greater flexibility, resilience, strength, durability and processability. Their polymers are used in a wide range of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products. We currently offer approximately 800 products to more than 700 customers in over 60 countries worldwide, and are the only SBC producer with manufacturing and service capabilities on four continents. They manufacture products at five plants globally, including their flagship plant in Belpre, Ohio, as well as plants in Germany, France and Brazil, and a joint venture plant operated in Japan.
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Source: Kraton Polymers