Arkema, chemical specialties, innovative chemistry
Arkema is holding world leading positions on 90% of its business portfolio. Arkema’s strategy is based on innovation, an increased presence in the emerging markets and targeted acquisitions.
A global specialty chemicals player ans France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema benefits from strong competitive advantages. This was the outcome of a strategy which since 2006 has been focused on the expansion in higher growth regions and on a sustainable and dynamic innovative policy.
By 2020, the Arkema group is aiming to become one of the global leaders in this field and to generate sales of €10 billion.
What exactly are specialty chemicals?
Specialty chemicals are different from commodity chemicals due to their higher added value, lower tonnages and the fact that there are few players on the world markets.
Specialty chemicals target niche markets and provide specific functionalities and performances. These products are the result of an intensive R&D process.
Significant shift in Arkema's portfolio of activities
As a result of the 2011 acquisition of Total’s speciality resins (Cray Valley's coatings resins and Sartomer's photocure resins), Arkema became one of the world’s major producers of coating materials and additives.
In 2012, the Group reinforced its High Performnace Materials business segment with two other major acquisitions: the Seppic’s alkoxylates business in Belgium and two Chinese companies specialized in biosourced chemicals, Casda Biomaterials and HiPro Polymers.
With the acquisition of acrylic assets in China, of which the first stage was completed in October 2014 and the acquisition of Bostik in February 2015, the Group will have finalized its plan of targeted acquisitions announced in September 2012.
Since 2006, acquisitions by the Arkema group have totaled €3 billion and and divestments €1.5 billion. As a result, nearly 60 % of its portfolio of activities has changed.
Arkema organized its activities into three main business segments:
- High Performance Materials: Specialty Adhesives (Bostik), Technical Polymers (Specialty polyamides, Fluoropolymers), Performance Additives (Filtration and adsorption/CECA, Organic peroxides, UV curing resins/Sartomer).
- Industrial Specialties: Thiochemicals, PMMA (Altuglas International), Fluorogases, Hydrogen Peroxide.
- Coating Solutions: Acrylics, Coating Resins and Additives (Coating resins, Rheology additives/Coatex).