The Arkema group is taking steps to favor renewable raw materials

The Arkema group is pursuing its efforts to diminish its environmental footprint. A major aspect of that effort is conserving non-renewable feedstocks derived from petroleum. In order to do this, Arkema furthers renewable raw materials use. At the same time, the Group is developing and marketing a new generation of products made from bio-sourced raw materials.

Its developments deal with bio-sourced polymer, glycerol by-product and vegetable oils.


In 2013, the Arkema groupe received the EUBIA Prize (European Biomass Industry Association). This prize rewards a significant advance in biomass energy conversion.

With its Rilsan® and Pebax® lines, the Arkema group leads the market for polyamides derived not from petroleum, but from a natural, renewable raw material: castor oil.

In Europe, Arkema produced polyamide 11 resulting from the castor oil. In 2012, the Group has acquired two companies in China :

  • Hebei Casda Biomaterials Co. Ltd, producer of sebacic acid resulting from the castor oil,
  • and Suzhou Hipro Polymer Co. Ltd, producer of polyamide 10.10 resulting from this sebacic acid,

in order to supplement its offer of speciality polyamides.

Green and palmate castor bean leaves

In 2011, the group's subsidiary, Sartomer, launched the bio-sourced resin range Sarbio® made up of acrylic and metacrylic resins with guaranteed renewable carbon content.

The Arkema group is also involved in the EuroBioRef and BioCore European integrated biorefinery research projects.



Otherwise Arkema carries out various researches on the possible use of bio-sourced raw materials in some of its productions, such as the one replacing propylene by glycerol in acrylic acid manufacturing.