Automotive & transportation

Exchanger road in town

The transport industry is facing numerous challenges when it comes to designing tomorrow's vehicles, as well as addressing today's issues of reliability and reducing environmental impact. These challenges require reducing vehicle weight to boost fuel efficiency, optimizing the lifecycle of vehicles, and meeting the highest safety requirements. At Arkema, we are helping the automotive and aerospace industries achieve these goals with innovative, high-tech materials that enable manufacturers to reduce both their CO2 emissions and production costs.

Arkema supports the automotive and transportation players by helping them respond to the constant changes in this market. It designs innovative solutions for them and with them which enable the market players to lower their production costs and lighten the weight of vehicles. The parts based on its solutions must comply with increasingly stringent requirements in terms of safety, fuel economy and vehicle life cycle management.


Window airplane

As a long-standing partner to the aerospace sector, Arkema develops high-performance products specifically designed for airplanes, helicopters, etc.

To meet the needs and standards of aircraft manufacturers for cutting down on fuel consumption and building sturdier, lighter, more comfortable and more secure aircraft, Arkema provides the right solutions with its extensive product range comprised of:


  • high performance polymers, including Kepstan® PEKK, Kynar® PVDF foam, and PMMA acrylic glass from Altuglas (Arkema subsidiary).
  • Orgasol® polyamide powder additives.
  • "smart” high-tech adhesives and glues, and thermoplastic resins from Bostik.

Focus on... innovative glues on board

boeing decorated with the colors and logo of Bostik

A partner to the aerospace sector for over 60 years, Bostik (which joined the Arkema Group in early 2015) develops a large number of high-tech bonding solutions specifically for aerospace, which are invisible to passengers but vital for their safety and comfort.


They include, for example, the bonding of interior panels and laminates helping make trims and fittings lighter, and flame-retardant protective glues that slow the spread of flames in the event of a fire.

Innovations that take you places!

Going the distance

Electric and hybrid vehicles owe some of their autonomy to Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). It is used in their batteries to bind the active particles to the electrodes that produce the current. This polymer improves the battery’s performance and increases its service life.

Automotive air conditioning goes 4G

The air conditioning of the future is here now! Arkema has developed a process to produce a new, so-called fourth-generation, car air conditioning refrigerant fluid, 1234yf. Highly energy-efficient, it emits 10 times less greenhouse gas than the fluids found in today’s vehicles.

Ousting steel

Rilsan® HT is a technical plastic that replaces metal and rubber in many automotive engine parts. Six times lighter than steel, it therefore helps boost fuel efficiency. This “green” plastic contains up to 70% renewably sourced carbon.

A purer fuel, service Included

Arkema also provides technical assistance. Our Carelflex® teams around the world help oil companies cut down the sulfur content in their fuels. Arkema’s technicians step in directly in refineries to remove the sulfur from the fuels.

Windshields switch to "acrylic glass"

Altuglas® ShieldUp now enjoys a solid fan base among manufacturers of roofs and windshields for cars and motorcycles. Flawlessly transparent, superbly tough, half as heavy as glass, this material helps make vehicles lighter and therefore more fuel-efficient.


Focus on a car rear light

The products and materials of the Arkema Group provide customized solutions for a variety of automotive applications.


Specialty polyamides: Rilsan® polyamides are used to manufacture technical parts for both cars and trucks, and offer a high level of thermal, mechanical and chemical resistance. They are used for transmissions, opening mechanisms and noise dampening, fuel lines and fluid flows (braking, clutch system, cooling).


Platamid® copolyamide hot-melt adhesives are used for durable adhesion of automotive interior laminates and textiles.


Forane® refrigerants are used for the operation of  automotive air conditioning systems.


Luperox® organic peroxides are used for the production of raw materials found in automotive parts such as hoses, belts, gaskets, o-rings and vehicle body panels.


PMMA, which is lighter than glass, is extensively used for automotive tail lights.


MLPC International's vulcanizing agents, as powders (Ekaland® & Vultac®) or polymer-bound masterbatches (Mixland+®), are used for the largest part in the rubber industry and its main outlet, the automotive industry. This market segment represents 70% of MLPC International sales, world leader in its field of activity.

Focus on... Compofast

This €21 million project coordinated by Arkema is part of the Vehicle of the Future program. It aims to develop thermoplastic composites that cut down the weight of vehicles within the cost and production output constraints of automotive mass production.

These thermoplastics offer the same benefit as thermosets in terms of weight saving compared to metals, with the added bonus of being recyclable. Although thermoplastic composites currently account for a mere 5% of the composites market, they could eventually represent 50% of this market.


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