R&D : organized to innovate
The Arkema group focuses its research on two priorities: optimizing existing products and developing projects centered on disruptive innovation. Ten research centers, a New Products Incubator and numerous external partners support the Group in pursuit of these goals.
Innovation is at the heart of the Arkema group’s strategy, it is part of its DNA. Its capacity to come up with new solutions and products perfectly in tune with the needs of our customers are the pillars of its success.
Arkema group R&D in figures
- 2.2% of Group revenues
- 1,200 researchers
- 10 research centers
The Arkema group’s R&D (Research & Development) division reports directly to the CEO and coordinates all of the Group’s research programs worldwide. The division ensures the scientific and technological coherence of research projects, most of which deliver benefits in terms of sustainability.
The division’s responsibility is two-fold: it must prepare products for tomorrow through disruptive innovation while at the same time optimizing current products for new applications.
Two pillars for research
To ensure the best environment for its innovation projects, the Arkema group has rolled out an organization geared to performance and supported by:
- ten specialized research centers around the world (France, United States, Japan, China), located close to manufacturing plants and markets,
- an incubator to support disruptive projects and the development of promising new products, such as nanostructured materials and supra-molecular technology.
This organization is further strengthened by a partnership policy. TheArkema group forms partnerships with prominent players in both public- and private-sector research. Each research center pursues a network strategy in its region.
Acquiring start-up ventures
Acquiring companies with high added value is another means by which the Group is establishing and consolidating its positions in high-tech sectors.
Piezotech, fluorinated materials for the future
With the 2010 acquisition of the Piezotech company, the Arkema group strengthened its positions in electroactive fluorinated polymers.
These high-performance engineering materials have applications in the automotive, textile and energy storage sectors, as well as in organic electronics.