Arkema Group presentation

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema designs materials to address the ever-growing demand for innovative and sustainable materials, driven by the challenges of new energies, new technologies, the depletion of resources, mobility, and increasing urbanization.



The Group is structured into three coherent and complementary segments dedicated to Specialty Materials (Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions) accounting for some 80% of its sales, and an Intermediates segment leveraging competitive and global product lines.

Sustained by the collective energy of its 20,500 employees, Arkema operates in some 55 countries and reports sales of €8.7 billion.

Arkema fosters interaction with its stakeholders, and innovates around 6 solution-oriented research platforms:








These platforms shape the Group's R&D to address the major global trends today and in the future.

Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

2019 key figures

What applications for our materials?

Examples in everyday life

Our materials and innovations are subtly present everywhere in your daily life: vehicles, cosmetics, aeronautics, packaging, electrics, sporting goods, etc.


Watch the video or download the booklet to see examples of everyday applications with Arkema products and materials.





Four business segments

Arkema’s organization is the product of in-depth transformations conducted over recent years to optimize the Group’s positioning as a leader of specialty materials.


Each business segment draws its strength from the following:

  • Leading market positions on most of its activity
  • A great capacity for innovation focused on sustainable development and the protection of the environment
  • Worldwide geographical coverage, evenly balanced between North America, Europe and Asia
Adhesive Solutions

Construction & Consumer

Industrial Assembly

Advanced Materials

High Performance Polymers

Performance Additives

Coating Solutions

Coating Resins

Coating Additives


World no. 1 to no. 3 on 90% of the portfolio

Adhesive Solutions

Specialty Adhesives #3

Advanced Materials

Specialty Polyamides #1


Thiochemicals #1

Hydrogen Peroxide #3

Coating Solutions

Acrylic Monomers #2

Coating Resins #3

Photocure resins #1



Fluorogases #3

Going where the growth is

Arkema pursues the strategic rebalancing of its activities towards complementary geographic positions between Asia and the rest of world, Europe and North America. Thanks to its targeted acquisition strategy and recent industrial investments, the Group is now more international than ever. From 2006 to 2019, Asia and rest of the world's share in sales terms rose from 10% to 28%, North America from 25% to 32% whereas Europe's share dropped to 36% (against 58% in 2006).

North America

43 production sites
4 R&D centers
4,075 employees



61 production sites
7 R&D centers
11,200 employees


Rest of world

10 production sites
905 employees



30 production sites
4 R&D centers
4,320 employees


Arkema in a nutshell

The Arkema group was created following the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch, and became independent in 2006 with it's listing on the Paris market stock market.


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