The R134a market in Europe is set to undergo an inevitable decline from 1st January 2017 following regulatory changes affecting fluorinated gases for automotive air conditioning taking effect on that date. In this sharply declining market, Arkema has decided to put forward to the Central Works Council today a project for the closure of the R134a fluorogas plant at its Pierre-Bénite site (France). This proposed closure would not result in any redundancies.
To support its customers’ growth around the world, in particular in the sports, consumer electronics and automotive markets, Arkema continues to expand its specialty polyamides production capacities in China and the United States.
Effective 1st September 2016 Christophe André will be joining Arkema’s Executive Committee to oversee the Technical Polymers and Performance Additives activities (filtration, organic peroxides and photocure resins) within the High Performance Materials segment. He will also be responsible for digital affairs within the Group.
Arkema's Multi50 and its crew, skippered by Lalou Roucayrol, crossed the finish line of the 9th edition of the Quebec - St-Malo Transat race at 4 am today, 20th July, therefore winning their first transatlantic race.
Bostik, the specialty adhesives business line of Arkema, has developed its cementitious product manufacturing capacities, based on its world-class Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) technology, with the opening of a new plant in Helsingborg, Sweden. As a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, Bostik is extending its presence to serve growing market demand in Northern Europe and the Baltic region.
Arkema has won the Pierre Potier 2016 prize for its latest Kynar® fluoropolymer grade with durable hydrophilic properties. This innovative material makes it possible to produce latest generation hollow fibers, more efficient and less energy intensive, specifically intended for the manufacture of ultrafiltration modules for water purification.
To support its growth in Asia, Arkema is strengthening its research network by opening an Innovation Center in Korea. Based within the highly reputable HanYang University in Seoul, this new laboratory embodies a partnership spanning many years between Arkema and the University.
In keeping with its commitment to green chemistry, Arkema has partnered with major industrial coatings companies to bring to market innovative bio-based Synolac® resins that meet the challenges of this dynamic and demanding sector.
In line with the developments made to the Arkema trimaran in the last 3 years, in late 2015 the Group set upon building a high-tech prototype monohull that included its materials and innovative solutions from the design stage. Developed jointly with the SME Lalou Multi based in the Gironde region, this Mini 6.50 at the cutting edge of innovation has a hull and a deck made from the Elium® recyclable thermoplastic resin, a world first. Also fitted with spectacular innovations for navigation, the sailboat has now carried out its first sea trials.
Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Dubai, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, US, China... Arkema’s 10-year celebrations took place in some fifty countries between 17 and 28 May.
In the presence of Emmanuel Macron, French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Sector, on a visit to Arkema’s Pierre-Bénite site, the President of “Alliance Industrie du Futur “announced the award by unanimous vote of a “vitrine technologique” label to Arkema’s thermoplastic composites.
Bostik, the specialty adhesives business line of Arkema, has expanded its cementitious products manufacturing capacities, based on its world-class Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) technology, at its Seremban plant in Malaysia. As a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, Bostik will be able to serve growing construction market demand in Central Malaysia, North Malaysia and Sabah regions.
On Monday 16 May, Lalou Roucayrol crossed the finish line in New York to come in second in the Multi50 class. Sailing without a daggerboard for the last 6 days, Lalou accomplished an amazing feat to complete this legendary solo transatlantic race.
At the beginning of March Arkema, one of the world’s major players in specialty chemicals and advanced materials, renewed and extended its contract with SUEZ for the next four years. SUEZ will now manage and recover 240,000 tonnes of waste on 28 Arkema production sites in France. This partnership will help safeguard Arkema’s business continuity and economic and environmental performance.
In keeping with the company's tradition of working closely with its customers to develop materials, Arkema is proud to announce collaboration with HP Inc. on its new Multi Jet Fusion™ technology. A key part of HP’s recent announcement is an Open Platform for materials in which suppliers can qualify new materials to run on HP Jet Fusion 3D printers. Arkema plans to utilize HP's Open Platform to drive innovation and help final customers create more 3D printed production parts. Arkema’s customers span a variety of markets, including consumer goods, automotive, aerospace, sports, and healthcare, among others. All of these customers could potentially benefit from the availability of more 3D printable materials.
Some 7,400 employees and former employees have subscribed for 998,072 shares, totalling €42.1 million, as
a result of a share capital increase operation reserved for Arkema employees, which has just closed. Setting
yet another record in terms of monies invested and with a high participation rate, this fifth such operation
once again reflects employees’ confidence in the strategy and development of their Group.
On 27 April 2016, Arkema signed, alongside Ségolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, and a further four partners, the REVERPLAST agreement, a study project looking to introduce recycled materials into the manufacture of new thermoplastic materials for the automotive, boat building and wind power markets. This project is part of the new measures launched by the French State to assist companies in their circular economy approach based on committing to green growth.
Bostik, the specialty adhesives business line of Arkema, has expanded its cementitious powder production capacities, based on its world-class Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) technology, with the opening of a new plant in the Philippines. As a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial markets, Bostik will be able to serve construction customers in the high growth Mindanao and Visayas regions with a new manufacturing plant in Misamis Oriental.
Arkema announces a project to divest its Activated Carbon and Filter Aid business to American group Calgon Carbon, a leader in activated carbon and in purification and filtration solutions. With this project, Arkema continues to refocus its business portfolio on its core business and to implement its divestment program.
Building on its excellent results and steady progress over the last 10 years in terms of workplace safety and environmental footprint reduction, Arkema has now joined the best in class, and has decided to strengthen its long-term targets on these issues. Accordingly, the Group has set itself a new ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility framework by 2025, underpinned by the firm commitment of its employees, its technological know-how, and a targeted investment policy.
PET straps are increasingly used for reinforcing carton packaging, facilitating their handling and transport. Lotryl® T copolymer is a new modifier which improves the impact splitting properties and stretchability of these PET straps.
Lotader® AX resins are widely used as reactive agents to improve the processability as well as the impact resistance of thermoplastic polyesters (PET/PBT), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds. They also increase the rutting resistance of polymeric modified road pavements. Two new grades, Lotader® AX8750 and AX8930 copolymers, have been designed to complete Arkema’s range of impact modifiers and/or compatibilizers, which enables processors to play, depending on the dosage, on various properties of the compounds: fluidity in processing, impact resistance and mechanical strength.
Arkema and Xenia have recently signed a cooperation agreement for the development of carbon fiber reinforced long chain polyamides, including the famous Pebax® thermoplastic elastomer. These compounds will find various applications in sports, optical, and electronics, where toughness and lightness are crucial.
At its meeting on 2 March 2016, the Board of Directors decided to propose to the Annual General Meeting on 7 June 2016 the renewal of the term of office of Mr Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
This production line will be the first in the world to produce membranes with the brand new Kynar® nanostructured PVDF developed by Arkema. The line is designed to manufacture durable hydrophilic membranes in the form of micro-porous fibers and then assemble them into ultrafiltration modules. The plant should be operational by the end of 2016.
Pebax®, Arkema’s high performance thermoplastic elastomer, has become a key material in the manufacture of ski boots. For sports equipment manufacturers, its unique properties have become genuine marketing arguments for consumers. The proof of this: the brands now readily display the Pebax® Powered logo.
Arkema had an option, until early 2016, to increase its stake in Taixing Sunke Chemicals, a production joint
venture which owns and operates acrylic acid and butyl acrylate production units in Taixing, China, and
therefore access an additional 160,000 tons per year acrylic acid capacity.
With Sweet Mellow Gum, Arkema placed 3rd for the innovation award at the French formulation exhibition, Cosmetagora. 48 exhibitors took part in this formulation contest with concepts around the topic “surprising cosmetics, amazing formula.”
Arkema introduces a new tie layer resin, Orevac® 18362, with excellent clarity and high adhesion to EVOH barrier films and polyamides used in clear multilayer packaging for fresh produce. LEYGATECH, a well-known producer of specialty films, has successfully tested Orevac®18362 and since then adopted it for the production of all its transparent food barrier films.
On Saturday 12 December 2015, 195 countries adopted the Paris Climate Agreement. Arkema is proud to have been involved to the best of its abilities in this historic undertaking: the “first universal agreement on climate”.
Bostik, a subsidiary of Arkema, has extended its production capacities with a new hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The expansion is in line with its plans to expand in high growth regions and will significantly enhance its ability to serve customers in the disposable hygiene market.
Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist for construction, consumer and industrial manufacturing markets, has announced the opening of its new Dallas plant, one of many strategic plants being built around the globe. This site will produce ceramic tile adhesives (CTA) and floor preparation products.
Arkema, alongside 38 other French companies, confirms its commitment to a low-carbon economy, and supports the climate negotiations at the 21st Conference of the Parties with a view to the signing of an ambitious and sustainable global climate agreement.
In 2015 Arkema’s performance and progress in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development have been recognized by several extra-financial rating agencies and rewarded on a number of occasions. These awards highlight the progress made and the results achieved in this field, bearing testimony to the relentless work of its personnel on these major issues for the Group.
Thomson Reuters has ranked Arkema for the fifth year in a row among the top 100 innovating companies and organizations in the world, across all business activities. The Group features among the 3 French companies selected for this award.
Brewer Science, Inc., and Arkema are pleased to announce a partnership to produce high quality DSA (Directed Self Assembly) materials for use in semiconductor manufacturing. DSA will be one of the key technologies that enable high-volume, cost-effective nanoscale manufacturing.
Casda Biomaterials, an Arkema subsidiary, announces a 3 to 5% price increase for all its sebacic acid products and castor oil derivatives, with immediate effect or when the terms of the contracts permit.
Initiated by Bostik in 2013, the laboratory-house project for sustainable construction has now become a reality with the inauguration of the Smart House by Arkema. With this unique house concept designed to test, validate and develop new solutions for construction, Arkema and Bostik undertake a real-life demonstration of their know-how regarding materials and energy efficiency. A showroom highlighting the Group’s innovative materials dedicated to construction complements the installation.
Arkema is the main sponsor of the Sail for Water association as part of the latter’s mission to "take action to support universal access to clean drinking water". In the face of the global issue of water quality, Arkema has decided to support this fledgling NGO and lend it its support by supplying water filtration equipment. This humanitarian round-the-world adventure is due to begin on Sunday 11 October in Toulon (83 – Var, France) and will take three years to complete.