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.
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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.
NSF International (National Sanitation Foundation) - the US public health and safety organization that draws up standards and tests, and certifies products for the construction, food, water, health and consumer goods industries - has approved Rilsan® Clear G850 Rnew and Rilsan® Clear G170, two fully transparent polyamides, under its NSF/ANSI 51 standard for food equipment materials
3D printing or “additive manufacturing” represents a true industrial revolution. Affording freedom of design, time saving and elimination of costly molding stages, the 3D printing technology has everything in its favor to optimize production methods and facilitate the work of design consultants, architects as well designers.
Ségolène Royal (French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy) launched the “Arche de Noé Climat” [Climate Noah’s Ark] operation in partnership with Arkema, official supplier of the material that has given shape to the 140 animal representations, over 2m high, which will then travel across France.
On 1st July 2015, Arkema joined the FTSE4Good extra-financial global benchmark index that lists exemplary companies around the world in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR). This recognition rewards the Group’s performance in this field.
The Earth is getting warmer! The phenomenon of climate disruption and its origin are now no longer in question. Responsible chemicals manufacturer, Arkema has initiated countless actions to help in the fight against climate change.
In line with its ambition to expand in high growth regions, Bostik, subsidiary of Arkema, extends its production capacities in Bangalore (India). This new hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives (HMPSA) production units will enhance the global adhesives specialist ability to serve customers in the Disposable Hygiene market.
Arkema and Hydro-Québec, through its subsidiary SCE France, have announced the signature of a partnership for the creation of a joint laboratory for research and development in the energy storage sector. More specifically, this laboratory will focus its work on the development of a new generation of materials for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries, in particular new electrolytes (solvents, lithium salts, etc.) and conduction agents (carbon nanotubes, conductive polymers, etc.).
The annual combined general meeting of Arkema’s shareholders approved on 2 June 2015 the distribution of a €1.85 dividend per share for 2014 with an option for each shareholder to receive the payment of its entire dividend in new Arkema shares. The issue price of the new shares has been set at €61.64.
As part of its sponsorship, Bostik will participate in the famous Tour de France ‘Publicity Caravan’ which accompanies the race. Three eye-catching promotional vehicles will take part in this unique spectacle and will treat spectators to a variety of gifts and giveaways while they await the riders. The vehicles will promote Bostik’s brands and adhesive products with the famous Bostik gecko playing a prominent role in the designs.
To support its customers’ growth, in particular in the refining and petrochemicals sector of Asia and the Middle East, Arkema, through its subsidiary CECA, an adsorption and filtration specialist, announces a project to double production capacity for its specialty molecular sieves. This capacity extension, representing capital expenditure of some €60 million, will take place in France on the Honfleur site dedicated to molecular sieves, with start-up scheduled for summer 2016.
At its Capital Markets Day organized today, Arkema presents its strategy and its ambition for the coming years and confirms its mid- and long-term objectives. On this occasion, the Group also details the success of its in-depth transformation achieved since its stock market listing and the projects and strategic orientations that will drive its future growth.
• Christophe Villain is being appointed Managing Director of the Fluorogas business unit
• Michelle Williams is being appointed Managing Director of the PMMA (Altuglas International) business unit
• Manny Katz is being appointed Managing Director of the Hydrogen Peroxide business unit
• Romuald de Haut de Sigy is being appointed Managing Director of the Organic Peroxides activity
• Erwoan Pezron is being appointed Managing Director of the Technical Polymers business unit
For the first time in France, a Boeing 737-800 from the fleet of Air France-KLM subsidiary, Transavia, features a unique livery and logo which will promote Bostik's new branding and identity across Europe. This unique contract between two French companies with international ambitions and operations highlights the expertise of Bostik, a specialist in adhesives for aerospace applications.
Providing local communities with a regional and competitive source of energy to supply existing district heating sums up the objective of the draft technical study recently signed by the Grand Lyon area and a number of manufacturers operating in the Vallée de la Chimie, including Arkema.
Arkema plans to divest its Sunclear subsidiary, its plastic and aluminium sheet distribution business, to BF Invest, a historical commercial partner of Sunclear. This project is consistent with its program to divest €700 million sales aimed at pursuing the Group’s strategy to refocus on its core business.
On March, 12th 2015, Chinese traditional Arbor Day, all the employees and subcontractors of the Arkema’s hydrogen peroxide plant at Shanghai have seeded a special tree. This tree called “Energy-saving commitment tree” gave the start to a program of energy savings promotion in the whole factory.
Arkema Poland won the 1st Award among small firms (up to 50 people) in the regional stage of the contest "Employer - organizer of safe work" organized by the Polish State Labor Inspectorate. Our Polish plant located in Inowrocław manufactures molecular sieves (CECA).
On 4 June 2015, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Terengganu and the Federal and State Government authorities of Malaysia, Arkema and CJ invited 500 guests to the inauguration ceremony of their joint platform on the Kerteh site in Terengganu.
Altuglas® Signature is the result of the research of Altuglas International. The implementation of a unique process facilitated the development of this luxury line of acrylic sheet:an original collection of 7 fine-thread, lace or non-woven materials, included in the acrylic sheet
Arkema’s shareholders, who represented 62.5 % of the shares carrying votes, adopted all the resolutions submitted to the annual general meeting held today, in particular:
- Approval of the 2014 Company’s and consolidated financial statements
- €1.85 dividend per share with option for payment in shares
- Composition of the Board: approval of renewal of terms of office and appointment
Effective 1st July 2015, Arkema has named Richard Rowe as CEO of Arkema Inc., the group's operations in North America. Rowe succeeds Bernard Roche, CEO since 2008, who is retiring after 42 years with the Arkema organization.
With expertise in sulfur chemistry spanning over 50 years, Arkema is the world’s n° 1 for gas odorants, and offers the largest product range for the odorization of natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The Group will take part in the World Gas Conference held in Paris from 1st to 5th June to showcase its portfolio of odorant products and its unique Odorflex® service package for distributors and end-customers.
Availability of polyolefins has been very tight in Europe for several months, causing some shortages and significant cost increases. Arkema will continue to do its best to limit the impact of this situation on Orevac® availability. Due to this exceptional situation, a new price increase will be implemented on its whole Orevac® range (Grafted polyolefins) to recover for all raw materials increases implemented since the beginning of 2015.