BRIEF-Kraton Performance Polymers updates expansion plans

Oct 3 (Reuters) - Kraton Performance Polymers Inc :

* Announces plans to expand hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer capacity in

Asia on a stand-alone basis

* Opted not to extend previously announced framework agreement between co and

formosa petrochemical corporation

* Says locations in Asia, including those in China, will be the primary areas

of focus.

* In Q3 co sees to incur one-time pre-tax charge not to exceed $10 million for

write-off of portion costs

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