The brand new Arkema 4 was launched in the water this morning outside the Lalou Multi Composite shipyard in Port Bloc in the Gironde region, after one year of painstaking work. This Multi50 is the result of close and intense technical collaboration between the Arkema Group and Lalou Multi, partners for now 8 years. With recyclable resins, new adhesives, clean energy..., many innovative materials and technical solutions complement bold architectural choices. Adorned with blue and grey with a touch of red, the new Multi50 is now ready in the run-up to the initial tests and a swift and efficient handover, thanks to a busy and varied sports program.
With the signature of a new agreement last January, Arkema and ‘Sport dans la Ville’ (Sport in the City) are pleased to renew their commitment to the professional integration of young women from priority neighborhoods through the support of the ‘L dans la Ville’ program. The two partners have joined forces through a shared desire to help young women supported by the Association to break down workplace stereotypes and build up their confidence both in themselves and in the future.
The Group’s results are in line with expectations, in a first quarter marked by the coronavirus outbreak in Asia and its spread to Europe in March. Stripping out the coronavirus impact, the Group’s performance, in a less favorable economic environment than in 2019, was supported by the resilience of Specialty Materials and, in particular, strong growth of the Adhesive Solutions segment. Moreover, the balance sheet and liquidity levels remain very solid.
The current health crisis spares nobody, and every single company is impacted to some degree. Initiated last year by the Arkema Group and the Lalou Multi team, the construction of the new Multi50 Arkema 4 in Verdon-sur-Mer has also felt the fall-out from this crisis: loss of staff, problems in procuring materials, and sanitary measures put in place on a construction site where over 20 people would normally be working. Despite the delay, the construction and assembly of the new trimaran are making steady progress, and the launch of this new machine, under the watchful eye of Quentin Vlamynck, has been rescheduled for July 2020.
At a Strategy Update meeting on April 2, Arkema presents its ambition to become a world leader in Specialty Materials realigned around three coherent businesses with attractive growth prospects: Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions. The Group unveils its roadmap and its objectives for 2024 at this event. In the context of Covid-19, Arkema also provides an update on the management and the consequences of this unprecedented health crisis.
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the health situation, Arkema has decided to repurpose a production line in order to manufacture, starting today, 20 tons of alcohol-based solution per week to be distributed free of charge and as a matter of urgency to hospitals in France.
27 year old Quentin Vlamynck is preparing to take the helm of the future Arkema 4. The youngest skipper in the history of the Multi50 class is taking on this challenge eagerly and with a cool head. Quentin is fully aware of this opportunity and of the hopes vested in him, and he also knows that he can count on the expertise of his mentor, Lalou Roucayrol, and on the many skills of the Arkema Group and the Lalou Multi sailing team. Plenty to look forward to throughout two seasons in the run-up to the legendary Route du Rhum solo race in late 2022.
We went to meet Quentin in the Lalou Multi Composite workshops where the construction of the Multi50 is now on the home straight.
In 2019, Arkema achieved a high-level financial performance driven by specialty businesses in an increasingly challenging economic context. The Group generated a record amount of cash whilst maintaining an ambitious level of investments for its future growth.
Arkema is taking action with an ambitious climate plan that is aligned with the Paris Agreement(1). As such, the Group has set a new strategic environmental objective: to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 38% in 2030 compared to 2015.
On 19 and 20 January 2020 the Palais de l’Élysée celebrates “Fabriqué en France” as part of an exhibition showcasing 120 products or articles emblematic of French know-how, creativity and genius. Among these items is our Rilsan® powder, selected from 1750 candidate products! The exhibition is an opportunity to discover – or rediscover – a 100% biosourced material at the cutting edge of performance, used inter alia to produce 3D-printed parts. This Rilsan® material is far from new, however: a multi-talented product that now features in dozens of everyday applications, it is indeed the result of know-how spanning over 70 years.
Testing, understanding, adapting, innovating… in order to make materials more efficient, more reliable, safer, faster. These are the values shared by Lalou Multi and the Arkema Group over many years, and the future Arkema 4 Multi50, due to be launched next Spring, reflects this continuity. While the boat’s construction is ongoing, Lalou Roucayrol continues to train its future skipper Quentin Vlamynck through countless real-life training experiences during which the two sailors take on the role of ‘beta-testers’ on many fronts, in particular by working closely with sailmakers Incidence.
It was with huge relief that Raphaël Lutard moored his Mini 6.50 Arkema 3 in the port of Le Marin in Martinique late yesterday, after 18 days 04 hours 09 minutes and 58 seconds sailing solo, in the second leg of the Mini Transat – La Boulangère 2019 race. Plagued by technical glitches throughout the voyage, the 24-year old skipper showed incredible determination and great maturity over the 2,700 mile course between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and Martinique. After clutching 8th place in the first leg, Raphaël truly stepped up to the plate for his very first solo transatlantic crossing.
On November 15 Arkema inaugurated, in the presence of Thierry Le Hénaff, the Group’s Chairman and CEO, and Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region, a new Global Center of Excellence for 3D Printing within its Cerdato Research & Development Center in Serquigny, Normandy (France). Arkema and the Normandy Region intend this new center of excellence dedicated to additive manufacturing based on high-performance polymers, to be of benefit to companies and training organizations in the region, as part of a collaborative initiative striving for swift adoption of these new production methods.