Chemical and plastic industry

Our product families - Arkema

Leaders in the chemical, plastics and pharmaceutical industries are seeking high-performance and sustainable solutions to formulate synthetic products for a variety of industrial applications. At Arkema, we develop intermediates that are essential to manufacturing processes and to the operation of industrial facilities. Our solvents, thinners, thickeners, reagents and reaction initiators are used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetology to manufacture plastics, pesticides, textiles, paints, rubber and more. The result: increased productivity, reduced costs and optimized quality of synthesized plastics. Arkema also works to improve operating processes at chemical and petrochemicals facilities, in order to stop corrosion and slow the formation of coke.

Focused on specialty chemicals and innovation, the Arkema Group has a wide range of intermediate products for the chemical, pharmaceutical and plastics markets. Thanks to its expertise in complex manufacturing processes, it provides innovative and sustainable solutions for the formulation of synthetic products used for a wide variety of industrial applications, and for the creation of high performance materials.

Value-added synthetic additives

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The intermediate products of the Arkema Group are used in many processes in the chemical industry: solvents, diluents, thickeners, reagents and reaction initiators.

Its range of amines, oxygenated solvents and other synthetic intermediates based on sulphur chemistry (e.g. methanesulfonic acid, thioacetic acid) are indispensable.

They are used not only in pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, but also in the manufacturing of pesticides, textiles, paints, rubber, etc.

Improving the performance of plastics

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The Arkema Group provides the plastics industry with a large choice of functional additives:

  • Plastistrength®, Clearstrength®, Biostrength® and Durastrength® plastic additives are used at different steps of the manufacturing process, and enhance the properties related to impact resistance, heat, aging of plastics and also transparency.

  • Organic peroxides remain indispensable to initiate polymerization.

  • Acrylic monomers and oligomers produced by Sartomer are widely used as reactive diluents for the formulation of UV and ink coatings, and as chemical intermediates for synthesizing polymers. Sartomer recently created a new range of products called Sarbio™, made from renewable raw materials.

Focus on... Luperox®

The Luperox® range of organic peroxides includes initiators which shorten polymerization cycles. They contribute to increasing productivity, reducing production costs and optimizing the quality of synthesized plastics (thermoplastic and thermoset).

Solutions for industrial facilities


The products of the Arkema Group are also used in the operating processes of industrial facilities in the chemical industry with the following aims.

  • Fighting corrosionKynar® polyvinylidene fluorides are used as a substitute for metals in chemical engineering to manufacture reactors, pipes and valves which are highly resistant to corrosive products.

  • To mitigate coke formationDimethyl Disulfide (DMDS) is the standard sulfur additive injected continuously in steamcracker feedstock to prevent coke deposition on the internal surface of cracking coils, extend the run length and maximize annual operating rate. This same DMDS property is also used for the catalytic dehydrogenation of propane (“PDH” units) in which coke can lead to severe metallurgy carburization and irreparable damage to the catalytic section of the process.

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