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Arkema, a global manufacturer of special materials, is present in Brazil with approximately 500 employees, 2 commercial offices, 7 production units, 7 laboratories and 6 distribution centers.
The Group's main customers in the country operate in the civil construction, plastics, coatings, paints, refrigeration, packaging, oil, gas, automotive and transport sectors.

Our history


Arkema was established following the spin-off of Total SA's chemical subsidiary, formerly Elf Atochem. In 2006, the Group was listed on the Paris stock exchange.

Arkema completed the global acquisition of Coatex in 2007 and, in 2012, purchased the Araçariguama plant (São Paulo region), specialized in emulsions and additives for Coatex and Coating Resins.

In 2015, Bostik, a global leader in glue and adhesive technologies, joined the Group to enhance its product offering. Bostik has factories in São Roque, Araraquara and São José do Rio Preto.

In 2019, Arkema announced the purchase of ArrMaz, a global manufacturer of special surfactants, which has locations in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.

In 2021, Bostik announced the acquisition of Poliplás, a national manufacturer of hybrid adhesives and sealants.

In 2022, Arkema completed the acquisition of Polimeros Especiales in Mexico, strengthening the Group's offering in solvent-free solutions and its position in this fast-growing region.

Finally, in 2023, after a global repositioning, ArrMaz becomes a brand of BU Arkema Surfactantes Especiais.

Arkema’s operations in Brazil are guided by the ambition of becoming leaders in Special Materials, offering the most innovative and sustainable solutions to face our customers’ current and future challenges."

Social responsibility is part of our DNA

Sustainable and innovative solutions, responsible management of industrial activities, open dialogue with partners, contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All these elements are part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy promoted by the Group, fueled by the ambition to be among the best.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Arkema works on several fronts to promote a more inclusive environment, which promotes innovation through the diversity of our people. The Marie Project, created by employees of the Arkema Group, has directed efforts towards the Group's gender diversity in Brazil since 2019. The action was inspired by global social responsibility guidelines and assertive goals for increasing women in leadership. Globally, Arkema is a signatory to UN Women. In Brazil, Arkema is also a signatory of the Business Coalition: Together in Confronting Violence against Women and Girls. There is also the DINA Project (Diversity and Inclusion at Arkema), which promotes awareness of the topic among employees. Finally, the Arkema Group is part of the Federal Government program, Citizen Company, which aims to promote a better quality of life and well-being for employees of companies that are part of the initiative.

Ethics and integrity

Arkema is committed to ethics and integrity. Check out our policies:

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