In the forefront of research, the Arkema group is a regular recipient of prizes for its innovations, in France and abroad.
Innovations developed by the Arkema group are regularly distinguished by scientific awards. Such recognition by the industry and scientific journals alike pays tribute to the Group’s R&D teams and the innovative nature of its products. These prizes also highlight the Group’s commitment to sustainable development: most of the award-winning products and materials translate to progress in terms of energy savings and/or environmental protection.
Pierre Potier prize
Established in 2005 by the French Chemical Industries Association (UIC) and the French Federation for Chemical Sciences under the impetus of the French Ministry of Industry, the Pierre Potier prize is awarded to organizations that innovate in the area of sustainable development.
In 2013, the Arkema wins Pierre Potier prize with Rilsan® HT, the first biosourced polymer from the polyphthalamide (PPA) family to combine high temperature resistance with flexibility.
These characterics make it aptly suited to replace metal and rubber in under-the-hood tubing applications, helping reduce the weight of vehicles and therefore their fuel consumption.
In 2012, Arkema awarded the first prize with Altuglas® ShieldUp new lightweight and ultra-tough acrylic glass as glass substitute in cars.
In 2011, Arkema has won a prize with an innovative process that uses hydrogen peroxide to eliminate sulfur residues from industrial effluents.
In 2010, the prize was awarded for Kynar Aquatec®, a PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) resin for solvent-free paints. Introduced for the first time in a water-based formula, this resin is used to make cool white roof coatings that have high solar reflectance. The benefits here are energy savings and a diminution of air conditioning costs.
In 2008, the prize was awarded for Pebax® Rnew, the first high-performance thermoplastic elastomer made with up to 95% renewable (bio-based) carbon
Altuglas® Composite wins JEC award
Launched in 2013, Altuglas® Composite is the first thermoplastic resin which allows the manufacturing of composite parts on the same equipments and processes as thermoset composites.
The resulting composite parts exhibit mechanical properties similar to those of thermoset parts, but their thermoplastic nature brings the added advantages of thermoformability and recyclability. With this major innovation, Arkema and its partners won 2013 JEC Award in the “Thermoplastics” category.
Arkema wins European Coating Award 2013
Arkema received the award of best scientific paper at the European Coatings Award 2013. The winning presentation -A New Way to Ensure Metal Protection with Waterborne Dispersions- was written by Dr. Grégory Delmas of Arkema Coating Resins France, Isabelle Bétremieux, Alain Boone and Claire Chambat.
Arkema has developed an innovative dispersion, Encor® 2433, for waterborne coating formulations that can be applied directly on metals without the need for a primer. This new type of « mono-layer » coating ensures perfect adhesion on a wide range of substrates, outstanding chemical stability and corrosion resistance, and a flawless finish. Additional benefits include much lower costs as the coating no longer requires an anti-corrosion pigment, and the application of a single layer cuts down the application time.
Multi-award-winning Cecabase® RT
For its environmental and economic benefits, the Cecabase RT® range of additives developed by Arkema group subsidiary CECA has won several prizes. This warm-mix asphalt technology yields energy savings and reduces dust emissions during production.
In 2009, these additives received the prize in the Best Product Innovation category of in the ICIS magazine Innovation Awards, and the Innovation Award of the “Autostrada Polska 2009” international trade fair held in Kielce (Poland). These awards followed distinctions in 2008 from the International Road Federation (IRF) and in 2007, the Pierre Potier Prize.
Other major advances awarded
Arkema has also earned recognition for innovations that pave the way to significant advances in two additional fields:
- in nanotechnologies, with the 2007 Nano 50™ award for controlled radical polymerization technology based on the BlocBuilder® regulator
- in bio-based materials with “BioAward 2006” in the “Best Application (excluding packaging)” category for the bioplastic Rilsan® PA11, compatible with bio-diesel motor fuels.
Climate protection award
In 2007, Arkema received the climate protection award of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of its ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its installations and its use of fluorinated compounds that contribute to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.