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Arkema, designer of materials and innovative solutions

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, 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.

Significant shift in Arkema's portfolio of activities

Since its IPO in 2006, Arkema is continuing an ambitious program of acquisitions to accelerate its transformation.


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, Industrial Specialties, Coating Solutions.

High Performance Materials
  • Specialty Adhesives (Bostik)
  • Technical Polymers
    • Specialty Polyamides
    • PVDF
  • Performance Additives
    • Filtration and Adsorption (CECA)
    • Organic Peroxides
    • UV Curing Resins (Sartomer)

Industrial Specialties

  • Thiochemicals
  • PMMA (Altuglas International)
  • Fluorogases
  • Hydrogen Peroxides

Coating Solutions

  • Acrylics (upstream)
  • Coating Resins and Additives (downstream)
    • • Coating Resins
      • Rheology Additives (Coatex)

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