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The creation and growth of the Arkema group

The Arkema group was created in October 2004, following the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch. Thanks to innovation, targeted acquisitions and investments in emerging countries, it has become a recognized world player in the field of specialty chemicals.

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18 MAY 2006

2 years after the Company’s creation, the adventure continues with Arkema’s listing on the Paris stock market.

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OCTOBER 2007

The Group begins its development with the acquisition of Coatex, a world producer of rheology additives used in paints and coatings, packaging and paper.

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JANUARY 2010

Year after year, Arkema continues to expand. Following its acquisition of the acrylic monomers and emulsions business from Dow Chemical Company in North America, the Group bolsters its positions in the acrylics market (paints and coatings, automotive and transport).

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JULY 2011

The Group acquires the Sartomer and Cray Valley specialty resins activities (paints and coatings) from the Total group. These acquisitions provide Arkema with new growth drivers in Asia.

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OCTOBER 2011

Arkema boosts its presence in Asia and intensifies its R&D efforts in China.
Arkema lays the foundation stone of a new Research and Development center on its Changshu site near Shanghai.

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FEBRUARY 2012

New major development opportunity with the acquisition of Chinese companies Casda Biomaterials, the world’s leading producer of sebasic acid, and Hipro Polymers, producer of specialty polyamides 10 (plant-based chemistry).

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JULY 2012

Arkema spurs renewed momentum by refocusing on specialty chemicals and divests its vinyl business segment.

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SEPTEMBER 2012

The Group takes on a new visual identity and a new signature, Innovative Chemistry, which reflects its new positioning.

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MAY 2013

Arkema launches into the development of cutting edge technologies for the nautical sector. A human and technological adventure begins with the sponsorship of the Arkema-Région Aquitaine Multi50 trimaran and Team Lalou Multi.

Discover the Multi50 trimaran
OCTOBER 2014

Arkema bolsters its positions in the Asian market with the creation of Sunke in partnership with Jurong Chemical, acrylic acid leader in China.

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JANUARY 2015

Arkema reaffirms its expertise in thiochemicals (sulfur derivatives) technologies with the commissioning of the Kerteh plant in Malaysia. The site produces DMDS (dimethyl disulfide) and methyl mercaptan (used as a synthesis intermediate in animal feed).

Discover Arkema’s strategy in Asia
FEBRUARY 2015

The Group takes a new major step forward in its development with the acquisition of Bostik, the world’s n°3 in specialty adhesives.

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JUNE 2015

To assist with its customers’ growth, CECA, an Arkema subsidiary, announces a project to double specialty molecular sieve capacity at its Honfleur site in France, i.e. some 60 million euro capital expenditure.

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