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American Kraton has developed a polymer against coronavirus

April 23/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The American company Kraton has announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted an emergency exemption for the use of its new sulfonated polymer, which rapidly inactivates the coronavirus, said the company.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency permit for the use of the polymer in the states of the United States, Georgia, Utah and Minnesota for specific applications to protect against the COVID-19 virus. American Delta Airlines will be the first to use this material in these states.

The material is solid but transparent and can provide long-term antimicrobial protection to surfaces with the ability to kill up to 99.99% of the COVID-19 virus in a laboratory setting. The company named this polymer line BiaXam. According to the specialty polymer manufacturer, BiaXam can provide continuous protection for up to 200 days, depending on use and cleaning methods.

The polymer can also be applied to other plastics, metals, glass, and can also be used as a film. Delta Airlines will build kiosks from this polymer in Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis. The airline plans to expand its use at other airports. "We believe BiaXam is unique in both its performance, durability and residual properties that differentiate it from other technologies that require more frequent use or processing,Ф said Kraton CEO Kevin Fogarty.

"While other antimicrobial products are based on a chemical as an active ingredient, BiaXam is a polymer, and antimicrobial properties are inherent in the design of the polymer,Ф he added. Kraton is currently awaiting regulatory approval in other jurisdictions, including countries outside the United States.

Earlier it was reported that the American company Kraton Performance Polymers, a leading global manufacturer of styrene block copolymers (SBCs) and other complex polymer products, announced that the company changed its name to Kraton Corporation on September 14, 2016.

It was also reported that Kraton announced the release of two new styrenic block copolymers (HSBC). The new Kraton MD6951 and MD1648 resins offer high elasticity, tensile strength, and extremely low melt viscosity, giving access to a whole host of new processing areas.

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc., comprised of the functional division of Kraton Polymers LLC and its subsidiaries, is the world's leading manufacturer of specialty polymers and styrene block copolymers (SBCs). The company's manufacturing base consists of five factories, including a central plant in Belpre, Ohio, as well as factories in Germany, France, Brazil and a joint manufacturing venture in Japan.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:medical supplies, Medicine, Kraton, Kraton Polymers, COVID-19.
Category:General News
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