For better health, hygiene, beauty
Medicines, medical devices, shampoos and cosmetics must comply with the highest standards for stability, purity and safety, while satisfying the latest consumer demands. Arkema supports manufacturers as they innovate to create more accessible and beneficial health and beauty products. Arkema's solutions are used in pharmaceuticals, as approved active ingredients and high-purity solvents, as well as in the manufacturing of medical devices, for their strength, bio-inertia and resistance properties. We also make life easier for consumers with innovations that improve home and personal hygiene products, as well as cosmetics.
A key presence in the health sector
From vitamin C to the most sophisticated anti-inflammatory, antibiotic or cardio-vascular drugs, the molecules and products developed by Arkema are used in the synthesis of a vast number of medicines.
The pharmaceutical industry calls upon Arkema for three major types of products.
- Approved and certified active ingredients used for synthesis of pharmaceutical active principles and building blocks for chemical synthesis, such as specialty amines, hydrazine and derivatives, thioacetic acid.
- High purity solvents: ecotoxicological DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide), MSA (methane sulfonic acid), oxygenated solvents and derivatives.
- Dehydrating agents, such as Siliporite® molecular sieves.
Arkema also offers products for use in the manufacture of medical and paramedical equipment, devices and accessories.
These high performance materials replace traditional materials such as glass or metal, while meeting requirements of sturdiness, safety and harmlessness (bio-inertia), resistance to sterilization and microbial attack, and good light transmission.
These materials include mainly Pebax® MED copolymers, used to manufacture catheters, Rilsan® Clear MED biosourced polyamides, for breathing masks, Rilsamid® MED and Rilsan® MED product families for bags.
These various products all fulfill the stability, purity and safety constraints of the pharmaceutical industry.
Cleaning and disinfection
Breathing more easily
With the effects of smoking and pollution, the number of people suffering from respiratory failure is on the increasing. They are required to carry a source of oxygen-enriched air at all time. More compact, either fixed or portable, oxygen concentrator respiratory devices use Nitroxy® molecular sieves.
Thanks to their unique properties, molecular sieves adsorb the nitrogen while letting the oxygen through in the ambient air. Hence the patient is able to breathe in high purity (over 90%) oxygen-enriched air.
For a healthier and simpler life
On the bathroom shelf or in the kitchen cabinet, the products developed from Arkema’s chemistry form an integral part of household and personal hygiene innovations.
Soft to the skin and scented, shampoos, detergents and soaps do more than just clean. They are also pleasant to use. Their secret: active ingredients and sophisticated formulations, the result of Arkema’s research and development work.
Sensio™, a castor oil sourced surfactant range, affords an outstanding cleaning power exceeding requirements of standard cleaning products (hard surface cleaning, laundry, dishwash, car wash and I&I products).
Coatex’s Rheostyl™ additives bring interesting properties for health, hygiene and beauty products manufacturers who want to make their products more appealing: crystal clear appearance, the possibility of suspended particles and a softer texture.
Safe and efficient protection
In an era of disposable items, baby diapers and feminine hygiene and adult protection articles have to be increasingly discreet, soft and thin, but also more absorbent and reliable. A range of Arkema specialty products fulfill these expectations.
Two to three grams of adhesive made by Bostik (an Arkema subsidiary) are enough to assemble the twenty or so components making up a disposable baby diaper.
Under ten grams of absorbent or superabsorbent gel, which is part of Arkema’s acrylics range, are enough to effectively absorb as much as 100 times their volume, at least.
A contribution to better cosmetology
The texture of beauty products is a major criterion in consumer choice and a vital key to the progress of cosmetology.
Ultrafine and ultrasoft, Orgasol® fine powders for cosmetics are used for their unrivalled mattifying, sebum absorption, covering, soft focus and after feel properties. Leading cosmetics brands use them extensively in their make-up ranges (skin care, color cosmetics and sun care products).
Arkema’s expertise also extends to natural aromas and fragrances for cosmetics with its 100% plant-based Oleris® range, and to extraction solvents from its thiochemicals business. For over 30 years, hair-removal creams and perm lotions have been formulated with thioglycolic acid.