Arkema, a global manufacturer in specialty materials, is present in Brazil with 400 employees, 5 production sites, 3 laboratories, 11 distribution centers and 3 commercial subsidiaries. The Group's main customers in the country operate in the construction, plastic industry, coatings, paints, refrigeration, packaging, oil, gas, automotive and transportation sectors. These high potential areas are steadily growing in the world's ninth largest economic power.
Arkema was established following the spin-off of Total SA’s chemical branch, formerly Elf Atochem. In 2006, the Group listed on the Paris stock market.
Arkema finalized the acquisition of Coatex in 2007 and, in 2012, the purchase of the Araçariguama (São Paulo region) plant, specializing in emulsions and additives.
In 2015, Bostik, the world leader in glue and adhesive technologies, joined the Group to improve its product offering. The plant in Brazil is located in São Roque, 10 minutes from the Coatex plant and Coating Resins.
In 2019, Arkema announced the purchase of ArrMaz, a worldwide manufacturer of special surfactants, which has locations in Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. In addition, Arkema Brasil headquarters is in São Paulo with 70 employees. The Bostik Supply Chain team share this space with them. It also has an office in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.
"The development of our activities in growing regions is a key element of our strategy. We are taking every possible step to implement innovative solutions that meet the needs of our Brazilian customer base."
Sustainable and innovative solutions, responsible management of industrial activities, open dialogue with stakeholders, contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)... all these elements are part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy promoted by the Group, nourished by the ambition to be among the best.
Our teams in Brazil obviously participate in the implementation of this strategy at the local level.
In Brazil, Arkema Places its Diversity Mentoring Program Under the Auspices of the UN
With its “MARIE” program, Arkema Brazil is implementing various initiatives for gender diversity: mentoring for women, the creation of their own dedicated network, and internal awareness-raising initiatives, among others. Arkema Brazil has decided to launch this program in line with the Group’s Diversity policy, and within the framework of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) promoted by UN Women, the United Nations branch dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Signing these principles allows for access to resources that optimize the chances of the “MARIE” program succeeding: a network of signatory companies, studies, benchmarks, the sharing of good practices, etc.
This commitment complements our existing commitments under our corporate social responsibility policy. Gender equality is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that Arkema is particularly focused on.
We are also part of the Business Coalition: Together to Combat Violence against Women and Girls. The initiative is organized through the Avon Institute, and has the seal of the UN Women and technical support from the Dom Cabral Foundation. Its objective is to engage private sector companies in the fight against violence against girls and women.