Kraton Introduces Nexarâ„¢ Anti-fog Coatings And Films To Revolutionize Protective Eyewear Market

9 October 2023

Kraton Corporation, a leading global sustainable producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, is proud to introduce Nexar Anti-Fog coatings and films, a solution designed to address persistent fogging issues experienced by healthcare professionals when using personal protection equipment (PPE) such as face shields and eye protection.

Through extensive research and innovation, Kraton has developed Nexar Anti-Fog coatings and films, offering a cutting-edge solution to the fogging problems commonly associated with certain PPE. Traditional face shields and goggles are prone to fogging, causing discomfort, and hindering clear vision during critical procedures. Nexar Anti-Fog technology helps provide healthcare workers with a superior solution that allows for prolonged, fog-free eyewear, ensuring uncompromised visibility. 

"As a company committed to the well-being of healthcare workers and patients, Kraton understands the importance of clear vision in delivering exceptional care," said Jeff Mathers, General Manager at Kraton. "We are proud to introduce Nexar Anti-Fog coatings and films, which address the daily challenges healthcare professionals face. Our advanced technology enables healthcare workers to work comfortably with prolonged vision clarity, making their daily tasks safer and more efficient." 

Nexar Anti-Fog coatings and films incorporate highly advanced technology that sets a new standard for protective eyewear. The solution combines Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic segments to effectively remove moisture that causes fogging while providing exceptional strength and flexibility as a coating or a film. The specialized nanochannels integrated into the coating and film surfaces can swiftly capture and absorb moisture upon contact, leaving no time for fog to form. Remarkably, the Nexar technology can absorb over 200% of its weight in water, surpassing conventional technologies like Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA), which typically absorb less than 45% of its weight. Additionally, Kraton's commitment to safety is evident in the absence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- "forever" chemicals found in many antifog options, providing the industry with an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative. 

Recent surveys and studies have highlighted fogging as the primary concern expressed by healthcare workers regarding face shields and goggles. In a comprehensive survey conducted with over 1,600 healthcare professionals, fogging was identified as a significant barrier to comfort and the use of proper PPE. The same survey revealed fogging eyewear prompted individuals to touch their faces more frequently, compromising safety protocols.1 Additionally, a blinded study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital concluded that Nexar-coated protective eyewear greatly improved providers' visualization due to its antifogging properties. The Nexar-coated eyewear was perceived to have significantly reduced potential negative care impacts and improved user experiences for providers wearing a protective face mask.2 

Kraton's Nexar Anti-Fog coatings and films represent a significant leap forward in protective eyewear anti-fogging capabilities. The revolutionary technology provides healthcare professionals with a reliable, high-performance solution, offering prolonged crystal-clear vision and enabling worker safety. 

For more information about Nexar Anti-Fog coatings and films, please visit nexar-antifog.com 

  1. American Journal of Infection Control, 2022 Mar; 50(3): 306–311  
  2. Keschner YG, et al. BMJ Innovation 2022;0:1–6. doi:10.1136/bmjinnov-2022-000962. Effectiveness of an anti-fog polymer coating in protective eyewear: a blinded, randomized controlled crossover trial with healthcare providers in an emergency department setting 

About Kraton Corporation 
Kraton Corporation is a leading global producer of specialty polymers and high-value performance products derived from renewable resources. Kraton's 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 and roofing products. As the largest global provider in the pine chemicals industry, the company's pine-based specialty products are sold into adhesive, road and construction and tire markets, and it produces and sells a broad range of performance chemicals into markets that include fuel additives, oilfield chemicals, coatings, metalworking fluids and lubricants, inks, and mining. Kraton offers its products to a diverse customer base in over 70 countries worldwide. 

*Kraton, the Kraton and Nexar logo and design are all trademarks of Kraton Corporation, or its subsidiaries or affiliates, in one or more, but not all countries. 

Media Contact: Mariam Ottun | [email protected] | (346) 435-8042

Development Contact: Jeff Mathers | [email protected] | (678) 736-9265

 

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