For better health, hygiene, beauty
Making health an asset available to everyone, offering men and women the means to live in optimum personal and household hygiene conditions, combining beauty with daily skincare routine. With its extensive and diverse product offering, Arkema advances man’s wellbeing and partners the health, hygiene and beauty sectors.
A key presence in the health sector
From vitamin C to the most sophisticated anti-inflammatory, antibiotic or cardio-vascular drugs, the molecules and products developed by Arkema are used in the synthesis of a vast number of medicines.
The pharmaceutical industry calls upon Arkema for three major types of products.
- Approved and certified active ingredients: Specialty amines, Hydrazine and derivatives, Thioacetic acid.
- High purity solvents: Ecotoxicological DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), MSA (methane sulfonic acid), Oxygenated solvents and derivatives.
- Filter aid, adsorption and dehydrating agents: Clarcel® and Randalite® filter aid, CECA’s Acticarbone® activated carbon, Siliporite® molecular sieves for dehydration.
Arkema also offers products for use in the manufacture of medical and paramedical equipment, devices and accessories.
These high performance materials replace traditional materials such as glass or metal, while meeting requirements of sturdiness, safety and harmlessness (bio-inertia), resistance to sterilisation and microbial attack, and good light transmission.
These materials include Rilsan® Clear biosourced polyamides used to manufacture catheters, breathing masks, syringues, and transfusion and infusion lines.
Altuglas® PMMA is used in the manufacture of incubators and disposable medical devices.
Surgical gloves are made from Lotryl® flexible materials.
Bio-inert, sterilisable and very tough, PVDF Kynar® is used to manufacture disposable equipment, autoclaves, membranes, etc.
These various products all fulfil the constraints of stability, purity and safety of the pharmaceutical industry.
Breathing more easily
With the effects of smoking and pollution, the number of people suffering from respiratory failure is on the increase. They are required to carry a source of oxygen-enriched air at all time. More compact, either fixed or portable, oxygen concentrator respiratory devices use Nitroxy® molecular sieves manufactured by CECA, an Arkema subsidiary. Thanks to their unique properties, molecular sieves adsorb the nitrogen while letting the oxygen through in the ambient air. Hence the patient is able to breathe in high purity (over 90%) oxygen-enriched air.
For a healthy and simpler life
On the bathroom shelf or in the kitchen cabinet, discreetly but surely, the products developed from Arkema’s chemistry form an integral part of household and personal hygiene innovations, making it possible for our lifestyles to evolve.
Soft to the skin, attractive to the eye, and with a pleasant fragrance, shampoos, detergents and soaps do more than just clean. They are pleasant to use, sometimes have healing properties, and make our life easier. Their secrets: active ingredients and sophisticated formulations, the result of Arkema’s Research and Development work.
Exfoliating or relaxing, mild or visually attractive, body and facial wash as well as shampoo offer todays more than cleansing. Suspension, clarity, texture are three properties provided by Coatex’s Rheostyl™ additives.
Finally, teenagers can have a healthy-looking blemish-free skin with acne creams containing Luperox® specialty additives.
Peroxal® hydrogen peroxide is a safe ingredient renowned for its disinfection, tooth-whitening and hair-bleaching properties.
Safe and discreet protection
In an era of disposable items, babies’ diapers, feminine hygiene and adult protection articles have to be increasingly discreet, soft and thin but also more absorbent and reliable. A range of Arkema specialty products fulfil these expectations.
Two to three grams of adhesive made by Bostik (an Arkema subsidiary) are enough to assemble the twenty or so components making up a disposable baby’s nappy.
Under 10 g of absorbent or superabsorbent gel, which is part of Arkema’s acrylics range, are enough to effectively absorb as much as 100 times their volume at least.
Soft and healthy beauty
Peach or tanned complexion, silky-soft hair, smoothed wrinkles, made-up faces… by combining beauty with health, the chemical industry has brought about cosmetology. For decades Arkema has played a part in making beauty more accessible and health-oriented.
The texture of beauty products is a major criterion in consumer choice and a vital key for the progress of cosmetology.
Ultrafine and ultrasoft, Orgasol® fine powders for cosmetics are used to repair stressed or damaged skin, counter the first signs of ageing, and reduce sebum in blemish-prone skin. Leading cosmetics brands also use them extensively in their make-up ranges (blusher, lipstick, nail polish, etc.) and suncare products.
Arkema’s expertise also extends to natural aromas and fragrances for cosmetics with its 100% plant-sourced Oleris® range, and its extraction solvents from its Thiochemicals business. For over 30 years, hair-removal creams and perm lotions have been formulated with thioglycolic acid.