Composites solutions for lightweighting materials represent one of Arkema’s main research vectors. The Group today offers innovative solutions for recyclable high performance composites geared for the automotive and wind power sectors.
For the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre race, Lalou Roucayrol is calling on an experienced and highly talented yachtswoman, Karine Fauconnier. In 2016, Karine joined Team Arkema Lalou Multi as weather router in the Transat, before acting as navigator in the Transat Québec - St Malo, which was to be a winning race for the Multi50 Arkema trimaran. This collaboration now continues with Lalou and Karine making up a fighting mixed double-handed crew that benefits from unique multihull experience!
Arkema recently doubled the capacity of their Kepstan® PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone) product line in France and confirms its future investment at its Mobile site (Alabama, United States) in a world-scale PEKK plant expected to come on stream in the second half of 2018.
Born in 2016 of a unique collaboration between Arkema and the Lalou Multi ocean racing sports team, the Arkema 3 Mini 6.50 prototype is now entering a new phase: the world of sports competition. The technical innovations of the monohull have been validated and its young skipper, Quentin Vlamynck, is familiarizing himself with the boat. It now remains to put this "racing beast" to the test against the competition!
Arkema is proudly shining the spotlight on a project that is both innovative and unprecedented: the construction of a wind turbine blade from the Elium® thermoplastic resin. This United States first was made possible thanks to the combined expertise of major players in the chemicals and composites sectors. A collaboration orchestrated by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and documented on video.
Arkema launches a new website for its three flagship polymer families – Kynar® fluoropolymers, Pebax® thermoplastic elastomers, and Rilsan® high performance polyamides. The website, focused on “extreme materials”, aims to optimize the user experience with rich content and intuitive navigation.
Initiated at the time of its 10th anniversary and in line with its CSR commitment, Arkema has set up an Education Fund, its purpose being to help finance projects put forward by Arkema employee volunteers involved in promoting education. Under this new scheme, the Group backs its employees’ work, involvement and commitment around the world. For this first session launched in January 2017, nine educational associations have been singled out.
Arkema is investing US$90 million on its Clear Lake Texas site to replace existing acrylic acid production units with modern facilities using the latest available technologies. Thus Arkema will position the Clear Lake site among the most competitive in North America while meeting growing demand in the region.
The first edition of the Convergence trade show is being held in Paris from 6 to 9 December 2016. Among the major exhibitors at this new event dedicated to the challenges of the Industry of the Future, Arkema will present its latest innovations in the fields of thermoplastic composites and additive manufacturing - or 3D printing.
Arkema completed the acquisition of Den Braven, a leader in high performance sealants for insulation and construction in Europe, on 1st December. With this strong value-creating acquisition, Arkema confirms its long-term ambition for Bostik, and actively pursues the development of its High Performance Materials division.
Arkema Group, the global leading specialty chemicals company, is attending the Chinacoat 2016 tradeshow in Guangzhou, from 30 November to 2 December (Hall 10.2-Stand C25-34). At the trade show, Arkema is introducing a comprehensive range of high performance and durable solutions for paints and coatings, including acrylic monomers, coating resins, high performance additives from Coatex, a broad product range from Sartomer, and Kynar® PVDF for coatings.
Committed to drive the technology forward, Sartomer will present NextDimension™, its new range of solutions for UV curable additive manufacturing, at the upcoming Formnext show in Frankfurt, November 15th to 18th 2016, Arkema booth #B19 (Hall 3.1).
Arkema announces a 25% Kynar® PVDF capacity increase on its Changshu platform near Shanghai. This project will help meet the strong demand, in particular in new energies and water treatment applications. This investment will support the Group’s ambition in Technical Polymers, and is part of its strategy to speed up the growth of its High Performance Materials division.
Arkema announced today plans to construct a new leading class polyester powder resin manufacturing facility, the first of its kind in India, on its existing resin platform in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The project, which represents an investment of approximately $US 15M and is targeted for completion in 2018, includes a new manufacturing unit and a dedicated new laboratory to provide both application development and technical support. The new facility will support customers in the fast growing powder coating market.
Chillventa, a European trade show, which takes place every two year (Nuremberg, October 11 to 13) is one of the most important in the world of refrigeration, A/C, ventilation, and heat pumps. All the team members from the Fluorochemicals Business Unit will be in attendance to present Arkema’s solutions for the future. Chillventa is a unique occasion to meet Arkema’s experts at booth n°227 – Hall 9 – and attend our technical presentations.
Arkema’s range of polymer modifiers including reactive terpolymers and grafted polymers are widely used to improve the impact strength as well as the fluidity of polyamide (PA) compounds. From general purpose toughness to intermediate and super toughness, Arkema impact modifiers allow reaching requested specifications for PA6 and PA6,6. Two new grades, Orevac® IM300 and IM800 grafted polymers, have been designed to complete Arkema’s range of impact modifiers which enables processors to play on various properties depending on the loading: fluidity in processing, impact resistance and mechanical strength of PA compounds. In addition, these PA modifiers are produced in USA to be closer to the American market.
Arkema, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, has become a specialty chemicals and advanced materials group. The Group serves its customers by providing innovative solutions to meet some of the major challenges of today’s world: new energies, water treatment, lighter materials, everyday comfort and wellbeing. These various topics will be addressed on the Arkema stand (6C57) at the upcoming K2016.
Arkema today inaugurates, together with the CNRS laboratory PROMES, the “MicroSol-R” solar micro-power plant on the Odeillo-Font-Romeu site (Pyrénées, SW France) which operates with a JARYSOL heat-transfer fluid specially developed by the Group on its Jarrie site (Isère, SE France).
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.