Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of engineered polymers, recently announced the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Kraton Innovation Center (KIC) located on Park Row Boulevard in the West Houston Energy Corridor. The relocation of Kraton Polymers' research and development operations are the culmination of activities which started in August 2008. The world-class technology facility allows the producer of styrenic block copolymers to upgrade and expand its current capabilities in ways that will build on existing synergies and significantly improve process efficiencies for the ultimate benefit of their customers. The company thinks the center cut time to market by as much as 50%. The multi-million dollar innovation center includes approximately 55,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. With Innovations Centers in The Netherlands, Shanghai (China) and Tsukuba (Japan), Kraton continues to expand its global reach in the industry.