Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ) and Arkema announce that they have reached a collaborative research agreement for the development of a new highly safe electrolyte from fluoride and non-fluoride salts produced by Arkema. Accordingly, Arkema has signed a licensing contract on the technology of its fluoride salts to IREQ which will hold intellectual property rights.
Arkema, the expert in glass bottle coating solutions, has joined Carlsberg’s program to develop next generation of high quality packaging products, called “upcycling”. This initiative was officially announced by Carlsberg on January 21st, and was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland).
• €6.1 billion sales close to 2012 sales at constant scope of business and foreign exchange rate, supported by volumes up by +1.4%
• Solid EBITDA margin close to 15%
• €902 million EBITDA (down 7% at constant scope of business and exchange rate)
- Sharp improvement in High Performance Materials results in Q4, but full year performance down compared to the high basis of comparison in 2012
- 5% EBITDA growth in Coating Solutions supported by capex and improvement in the decorative paint market in North America
- Performance of Industrial Specialties impacted by market conditions in Fluorogases
• €923 million net debt (1x EBITDA)
• 4Q'13: adjusted net income up 4.5% on last year, driven by sharp improvement in High Performance Materials
• Proposed dividend of €1.85 per share (€1.80 for 2012)
Arkema is launching its first range of liquid thermoplastic resins under the brand Elium®, which is transformed using the same processes as composite thermosets. The exciting new technology won an award in 2013 at JEC and is being used in 2014 because it is lightweight, cost-effective and recyclable. Elium® resins polymerize quickly and can be used to design structural parts as well as aesthetic elements in a number of applications anywhere from the automotive and transportation industries to wind power, athletic equipment and the building sector.
PLACYD, is an EU funded consortium of industrial and academic collaborators and led by Arkema will establish a dedicated material manufacturing facility that allows the production of block copolymers meeting the rigorous standards required for their use in industry as nanolithographic templates. PLACYD brings together leading researchers and industries to allow for the first time the integration of synthesis through to wafer scale production and system/device characterization.
ISPO Munich from January 26 to 29, is the European trade fair for winter and outdoor sports that offers a showcase for the latest trends in ski equipment. At ISPO 2014, Arkema will present its latest Pebax® Rnew grade : Pebax® RNew 80R53, a grade that goes beyond the limits of thermoplastic elastomers. This new rigid bio-based Pebax®, opens up the scope of ski boot design combining light weight, astonishing responsiveness to skiers’ movements, and creativity in decoration.
Arkema and Jurong Chemical, China’s leader in acrylic acid, announce the creation of Sunke, a joint venture in which Arkema will have a majority interest, comprising the assets of Jurong’s acrylic acid production site in Taixing opened in 2012.
This acquisition, in the wake of Arkema’s recent startup of its coating resins and Coatex production plants on the Changshu site, will enable the Group to accelerate the development of its Coating Solutions segment in China and in Asia and to assist its customers in particular in fast-growing markets such as superabsorbents, paints, adhesives, water treatment, etc.
It represents a new milestone in Arkema’s growth strategy and the achievement of its 2016 targets, in particular by strengthening the Group’s position in high growth countries. Finally, it provides the Group with a highly competitive acrylic monomer industrial footprint in Asia.
Production capacity for Arkema initially will be 160,000 t/year for a $240 M investment, with the option to raise it without delay to 320,000 t/year for a further $235 M investment.
Arkema, the world’s second leading producer of organic peroxides, announces the construction of a new organic peroxide plant on its Changshu site in China. This investment will help double the site’s production capacity.
Arkema announces a plan to divest its two South African subsidiaries, Arkema Resins Proprietary Limited and Harveys Composites Proprietary Limited to South African company, Ferro Industrial Products Proprietary Limited, specializes in the production and distribution of coatings and materials for composite markets. Through this divestment, Arkema will dispose of non-strategic activities - such as resins for composite materials - which represent few synergies with the remainder of its coating activities.
Arkema, a leader in innovative chemistry, announces today that its Forane® 427A (R-427A) retrofit refrigerant has been approved by Emerson Climate Technologies for aftermarket use with Copeland Discus™ compressors in low- and medium-temperature refrigeration applications.
Arkema offers a diverse range of materials for the manufacture of prototypes and functional technical short runs, using “additive manufacturing”. Arkema will showcase its product range at the 20th edition of EuroMold, the global trade show for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Product Development, held in Frankfurt from December 3th to 6th.
A major player in the Coatings industry, Arkema is taking part in the Chinacoat 2013 trade show being held in Shanghai from November 20th to 22nd (Hall 4 - Stand D10-20) to showcase its multi-technology and multi-product range, one of the most comprehensive in the market. The trade fair will also be an opportunity for Arkema to celebrate with its customers the successful startup of its new polymer emulsion production plant on its Changshu site in China.
The lifetime of solar panels spans 25 to 30 years: therefore its components have to deliver long-lasting top performance. A challenge taken up successfully by Arkema thanks to its Kynar® PVDF film for PV panel backsheet protection. Arkema is participating in the Solar Qatar Summit held in Doha on November 18- 19 to present this high added value Arkema patented film technology based on three ultra-thin Kynar® PVDF layers.
Arkema has officially started its new 60,000 MTY emulsion polymers facility on its Changshu platform. The plant, part of Arkema’s Coating Resins business unit, will serve customers in the Asia Pacific region with a full line of waterborne emulsion polymers for coatings and adhesives applications.
SOLID PERFORMANCE IN 3RD QUARTER IN A LESS FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT THAN LAST YEAR
• €1,495 million sales, close to 3Q’12 at constant exchange rates and scope of business
• €233 million EBITDA and 15.6% EBITDA margin
- Gradual improvement in oil and gas and photovoltaic markets for High Performance Materials segment
- Stability in Coating Solutions segment with marked improvement in volumes in North America
- Industrial Specialties segment affected by more challenging market conditions in fluorogases and PMMA in Europe
- Negative impact of the strengthening of the euro on the quarter’s performance
• Net debt down to €1,033 million since 30th June 2013
• Ongoing targeted growth capex in emerging regions
• Emphasis on competitiveness in Europe
Arkema has always been involved to propose innovative bio-based polyamides for highly demanding markets. Continuing the successful story of Rilsan® Clear G830 Rnew, the first bio-based transparent polyamide, Arkema will present at the Optical fair (booth at 1C-G06) from November 6th to 8th two new grades - Rilsan® Clear G850 Rnew and Rilsan® Clear G120 Rnew - for specific customer needs.
Arkema’s is exhibiting its Rilsan® fine powders jointly with Viking Johnson (stand 305, Hall 1) at Aquatech 2013, from 5-8 November in Amsterdam. Aquatech is the world's leading trade exhibition on process, drinking and waste water technology.
With 6 days to go to the start of the Transat Jacques Vabre on November 3, the multihull Arkema – Région Aquitaine is moored in the Paul Vatine dock in Le Havre, ready to reach its next destination, Itajai in Brazil. The multihull is to be christened the day before by its special godfather, the talented French actor Charles Berling
From October 28 to 31 2013, Arkema will showcase most of its products - including specialty polyamides, fluoropolymers, functional polyolefins, plastic additives, organic peroxides, hydrogen peroxide, coating resins and fertilizer additives - at the biannual Chemistry Trade Show Khimia-2013 in Moscow, Russia, in booth 22D70.
Yusuke Ueda, Sumitomo Seika CEO, and Marc Schuller, Arkema Executive Vice President, have today inaugurated the new Sumitomo Seika superabsorbent plant on the Carling site (Moselle, France) in the presence of the local and regional authorities.
This major investment, made in partnership with Arkema, will enable Sumitomo Seika to meet increasing demand for superabsorbents in Europe.
Arkema, the world leader in specialty polyamides, and Addiplast, a French company specializing in the manufacture of specialty compounds, have signed an agreement whereby Arkema supplies its polyamides 10, 11 and 12 to Addiplast which will process them into technical compounds and materials. These high added value solutions will target high performance applications, in particular in the automotive and electronics sectors.
Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema’s Chairman and CEO, inaugurated Arkema’s first R&D Center in China on Thursday October 17 on the Changshu industrial site in the presence of the Chinese authorities. At the cutting edge of technology, this new center will provide development capacities as well as ideal local support for the Group’s customers in China and South-East Asia. Alongside the Group’s KTC (Kyoto Technical Center) in Japan, it bolsters Arkema’s growth ambition in Asia, with the Group looking forward to achieving almost 30% of its sales in fast growing regions by 2016.
Arkema places innovation at the heart of its development strategy. The consecration of its intense R&D policy, for the third consecutive year Arkema ranks among the "Top 100 innovative organizations and companies” in the world, as compiled by Thomson Reuters.
This presence in an internationally recognized classification rewards the innovation efforts of the Group which holds nearly 5,500 patents and files no fewer than 150 priority research patents every year around the world. Mostly focused on sustainable development, the technological advances yielded by Arkema’s R&D in specialty polymers make the Group one of most innovative chemicals manufacturers in the world.
K2013 is the opportunity for Arkema to showcase its latest significant innovations in its fluoropolymers, high-performance polyamides, polyolefins, organic peroxides, and plastic additives ranges
Sartomer, part of Arkema group, is exhibiting at the RadTech 2013 show, the European fair for UV/EB curing industry in Basel, Switzerland, from October 15 to 17 2013 (booth 16). Sartomer will display its latest developments for UV/EB curable specialty acrylates.
Arkema, the world’s second largest producer of organic peroxides, and Saudi investment company Watan Industrial Investment have signed an agreement for the construction of an organic peroxide production site on the Al Jubail platform, Saudi Arabia. The facility, requiring an investment of about US$ 30 million, will be the very first organic peroxide plant in the Middle East region
Following a €50/MT price increase on August 1st 2013, Arkema announces a further €50/MT price increase effective early September for its entire Evatane® range (high content Ethylene Vinyl Acetate copolymers).
The result of over 5 years of research, Rilsan® HT is the first thermoplastic from the polyphthalamide (PPA) family available on the market to combine high temperature resistance with flexibility. These characteristics make it aptly suited to replace metal and rubber in under-the-hood tubing applications. Six times lighter than steel and three times lighter than aluminium, it therefore helps reduce the weight of vehicles, their fuel consumption and their CO2 emissions. Additionally, this high performance polymer has a renewable carbon content of up to 70%. The Pierre Potier prize panel of judges were won over by this product’s many beneficial features, awarding it the top prize.
Arkema is showcasing one of the coating industry’s broadest technology and business offerings at ABRAFATI 2013, September 16-17-18, 2013 (stand 3-F-2). On display will be products spanning almost every aspect of coating formulation, including solutions for architectural and traffic coatings, as well as a full range of additives for waterborne coatings.
SOLID PERFORMANCE IN A CONTRASTED ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
• €1,629 million sales, 1.7% down at constant exchange rate and scope of business
• Volumes +3.5% up, mainly supported by Coating Solutions segment
• €273 million EBITDA and 16.8% EBITDA margin
• €112 million net income Group share, i.e. 7% of sales
Arkema announces a comprehensive range of PEKK (Poly Ether Ketone Ketone) ultra high performance polymers comprised of three families of products whose properties meet the requirements of aerospace, oil exploration and electronics applications. These new materials significantly expand Arkema’s High Performance Materials offerings to high added value markets.
The Fonds Stratégique de Participation (FSP), a mutual fund created by four major French insurance companies – BNP Paribas Cardif, CNP Assurances, Crédit Agricole Assurances through its subsidiary Predica and Sogécap (Groupe Société Générale) – in order to support long-term investments in listed companies, has announced that it now owns 6% of Arkema's share capital.
On June 9, 2013, Germany experienced the worst flooding in over ten years and declared the event a « national disaster ». Many facilities suffered extensive damage and thousands of people had to be evacuated.
Arkema is announcing a 15% debottlenecking of its bis-peroxide capacity in both its Spinetta (Italy) and Franklin (Virginia) factories. This new capacity will allow Arkema to respond immediately to strong demand in the synthetic rubber crosslinking industry, in particular in Asia, and to support recent developments in fast-growing markets.
Polymers have become key components of photovoltaic panels: their role is to help maintain high performances over time, a challenge taken up by Arkema thanks to three of its polymers: Kynar® PVDF used to protect electrical components in the panel’s backsheet, as well as EVA Evatane® and Apolhya® Solar used to encapsulate the cells. Arkema will be presenting this product range for panel manufacturers at the INTERSOLAR trade show in Munich from June 19 to 21 2013.
In line with previous announcements, Arkema has brought on stream additional acrylic acid capacity at its Clear Lake, Texas, site. A ramp-up period is planned to continue over the next few months associated with commercial qualification of newly manufactured products. This project will improve reliability and increase competitiveness of the Clear Lake plant and brings the site to a nameplate capacity of 270 KT per year.
• Approval of all the resolutions proposed by the Board of Directors
• €1.80 dividend per share to be paid on June 11th 2013
• Renewal of directors’ term of office of Messrs Bernard Kasriel, Thierry Morin, Marc Pandraud and Philippe Vassor, all of whom independent directors
• Ratification of the appointment of Mrs Victoire de Margerie, independent director
Arkema will exhibit its Platamid® high performance copolyamide hotmelt adhesives, new PVDF Kynar® grades for the spinning of ultra-resistant fibers, and specific Kynar® PVDF grades designed for nonwoven and textile coatings at the next edition of TECHTEXTIL, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens covering all industries being held in Frankfurt from June 11th to 13th.
May 31st 2013 marks the completion of the second phase in the REACH* registration process. Arkema, through its highly dedicated teams, has registered 123 substances with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Arkema–Région Aquitaine, the trimaran of skipper Lalou Roucayrol, is taking part in the upcoming Route des Princes race. A veritable « Formula 1 craft of the Oceans », this multihull was built with materials and technologies developed by Arkema that help optimize its weight, strength and therefore performance. This project represents a vast testing ground for Arkema’s innovations.
As part of its sustainable development and energy cost reduction policy, Carrefour has successfully tested a "cool roofing" high durability covering - or reflective roof - based on Kynar® Aquatec to coat the roof of one of its hypermarkets in Italy.
The Blooming Prairie, MN site was pleased to host Senator Al Franken (D-MN) recently for a briefing and tour of the facility (all while weathering one of the worst snow storms to ever hit southeastern Minnesota in May – 18 inches of snow!).
Arkema introduces Rilsan® Clear G-170 MED, a fully transparent polyamide for use in breathing masks, tubing and other transparent medical components. Rilsan® Clear G-170 MED is more transparent than glass, lighter and more flexible than polycarbonate for applications in which patient comfort is required.
Altuglas International, a subsidiary of the Arkema Group is a partner of the film Mood Indigo coming to theather today. This is the film adaptation of the eponymous book of the french author Boris Vian published in 1947
Arkema, the world’s number 1 for specialty polyamides, expands its offering with Rilsan® T range, some new biosourced polyamide 10.10 processed from castor oil. Manufactured at its Serquigny facility in France, it benefits from unrivaled raw material integration, boosted by the recent acquisition of Casda and Hipro as well as a new joint venture with Jayant Agro.
An innovative rheology modifier to be launched at In Cosmetics 2013 (Paris, 16-18 April), this is the first outcome of the partnership announced last year between the two companies Seppic and Coatex. No compromise on clarity for textured formulations containing suspended particles, EliclearTM 4U offers a real marketing advantage to convince consumers with transparent packagings.
Arkema draws on the benefits of its Orgasol® and Rilsan® cosmetics powders to develop skincare products for men to be unveiled for the first time at the In Cosmetics trade fair in Paris (Porte de Versailles) from April 16 to 18. This tradeshow also provides an opportunity to share the findings of a clinical trial that demonstrates the moisturizing benefits of the Orgasol® Hydra+ powder in a new healthy glow extra-soft powder formulation, and the latest innovations in its Orgasol® and Rilsan® fine powder ranges, in an approach that perfectly integrates the Group’s CSR strategy, at a technical forum on April 17 at 17.30h. Finally, also will be presented Oleris®, a vegetable oil origin range of chemicals, processed from castor oil, used in many cosmetic applications, and enhanced this year with new references
Arkema and Jayant Agro have signed a joint venture agreement whereby Arkema will acquire a stake of some 25% in Ihsedu Agrochem, a subsidiary of Jayant Agro, specializing in the production of castor oil. This joint venture aims to develop castor oil production in order to provide Arkema with long-term secure and competitive access to this strategic raw material for the manufacture of its biosourced polyamides.
A world leader in high performance polymers, Arkema offers a diverse range of fine powders for the manufacture of prototypes and functional technical short runs using the laser sintering technology. From 14 to 18th of April in Jacksonville (Florida - USA), Arkema will showcase its powders offer at the AMUG 2013 (Additive Manufacturing Users Group) conference which promotes the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.
On March 27th 2013, the Lyon commercial court opened insolvency proceedings with continuation of activities for a six-month observation period against the company Kem One SAS.
As part of the financing of the observation period, Arkema points out that its contribution amounts to €68.7 million.
Arkema announces that it has acquired a majority stake in AEC Polymers, a French manufacturer of structural adhesives. AEC Polymers recently developed a range of methacrylate glues (SAF® range) based on an Arkema technology, which boast unrivalled mechanical properties. AEC Polymers will join the Group’s new products and new technologies incubator.
Altuglas International, a subsidiary of Arkema group launches its new generation of Altuglas® acrylic sheet optimised for LEDs (Light Emitting Diode). The formulation of the acrylic glass is optimized for a uniform and maximised light distribution associated with LEDs. The result: coloured acrylic sheet with high light transmission which reduce energy consumption and the number of LEDs used by up to 20% compared to a standard acrylic sheet. 14 standard colours are available and could also be offered in Corporate Identity Colours. The applications of this new generation of acrylic sheet vary from sign, signage to architecture and design (interior and exterior)
The Lyon commercial court has decided to open insolvency proceedings with continuation of activities for a six-month observation period against the company Kem One SAS, corresponding to the upstream part (chlorine / caustic soda electrolysis and PVC production) of the various businesses sold by Arkema to the Klesch Group.
The Genesis program coordinated by Arkema, leader in performance materials, aims to develop in Europe an innovative and competitive industrial sector involving nanostructured materials. On March 19th and 20th, Arkema welcomes the program’s partners to its offices along with a hundred guests in order to review the developments and conclusive results of this program.
At the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2013 being held in Paris from March 20 to 22, Arkema will launch Luperox® FreeO, its new organic peroxide for the crosslinking of synthetic shoe soles. As sponsor of the IRC Scientific Program, Arkema will hold a technical conference on this topic on Thursday March 21 at 3:20 pm.
Arkema, a leading player in the paint and coatings industry, is exhibiting at the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg from March 19th to 21st, with its comprehensive offering for the paint and coatings industry, a multi-technology and multi-product offering that is unique on the market.
Arkema is exhibiting at the JEC Composites tradeshow in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from March 12 to 14 2013 (Stand V65), when it will launch its latest Altuglas® Composite solution, the first thermoplastic resin that can be processed like thermoset materials. The Group will also showcase its full range of nanostructured materials as well as ultra high performance materials.