Since a few months, pandemic situation induced a dramatic decrease of phenol demand which reduced the availability of acetone and increased its worldwide price, but also an increase of production and logistics cost.
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.
Arkema is pleased to announce that it has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and is working in partnership with this network to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world.
Jeonju City in Jeollabuk-do announced on June 4 that Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology (KCTECH) signed a business agreement with Arkema, a multinational company headquartered in France, in order to improve the level of carbon composite technology and explore overseas markets.
Arkema announces an innovative and long-term partnership with Nutrien Ltd, the largest integrated agricultural company in the world, for the supply of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride to Arkema’s Calvert City (KY) site. This project has many advantages as it secures a competitive access to anhydrous hydrogen fluoride, the main raw material for fluorine chemistry, it supports the growth of fluoropolymers in the attractive segments of water treatment, electronics and batteries, and it offers greater environmental protection than more traditional production processes.
The combined annual general meeting of Arkema’s shareholders was held on 19 May 2020, at the Company’s headquarters in Colombes, France, under the chairmanship of Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
At the online JEC innovation awards ceremony, which took place today, Arkema was twice awarded with its partners for two major innovations in thermoplastic composites for aeronautics and railway applications.
Arkema Inc. contributed hand sanitizer solution to the New York State Office of Emergency Management, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. It is meant for distribution to health organizations in areas that have been hard hit by COVID-19.
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.
The founding members of the ‘Pragati’ project for sustainable castor crop – Arkema, BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics along with implementation partner Solidaridad – recently met to celebrate the successful results of phase 1 of the project and formally committed to phase 2, which will extend the program until July 31, 2022.
Arkema is carrying out a capital increase reserved for the current and former employees of the Arkema Group in thirty countries, including France (representing 98 % of the employees of the Group). The subscription period will take place from March 6, 2020 to March 19, 2020 (inclusive).
Thierry Le Hénaff drives change at Arkema’s Executive Committee, in particular through a broader and more diversified representation of the Business Lines, with a view to continuing to adapt the Group to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s world.
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.
Ahead of the next general meeting of shareholders to be held on May 19, 2020, the Arkema Board of Directors, at their meeting today, unanimously decided to propose the renewal of the directorship of Mr. Thierry Le Hénaff, for a period of four years.
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.
From March 3 to 5 (Paris—Villepinte) at JEC World 2020, the Arkema group will showcase its offer of advanced materials and new solutions for increasingly effective composites. These innovations were developed through strategic partnerships to meet changing 3D production technologies and keep up with increasing demand for advanced composites in the construction, transportation, wind and sport sectors.
Arkema, Nexoon, 5M, and IRT M2P join forces to develop a new concept for factory-manufactured “custom” constructions. Each partner will contribute its expertise and know-how in order to validate this innovative construction concept aimed at meeting the needs of individual or collective, high-end or social, housing and also commercial or industrial buildings.
Arkema will be exhibiting at the ISPO trade fair in Munich from January 26 to 29, 2020, a must-attend annual event for all professionals in the sports market. The team will present its range of high-performance Pebax® elastomer products. Perfectly aligned with the motto of this year’s ISPO—“Be responsible. Be active. Be creative.”—Arkema is developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the sports market.
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.
Arkema announces the acquisition by Bostik of LIP Bygningsartikler AS (LIP), the Danish leader in tile adhesives, waterproofing systems and floor preparation solutions. Leveraging its strong brand, LIP is a first-class player in the Scandinavian market, recognized by construction professionals for its high-quality products. With strong geographic and commercial synergies, the project will enable Bostik to offer its customers an extended range of high value-added solutions, while boosting its presence in Nordic countries.
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.
Arkema is associating with new partners and expanding the use of its high-performance solutions to the 3D manufacturing of composite materials, a major development in lightweight materials. This new technology, which combines the power of 3D printing and composite materials where Arkema has a leading position, will offer new perspectives and new applications in the aeronautics, automotive, energy and construction sectors to meet the growing demand for lightweight materials.
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.
Arkema, a leader in advanced polymers and liquid resins for 3D printing, is taking steps forward to help customers accelerate additive manufacturing of high-tech parts. The Group has expanded its list of industrial partnerships and collaborative research programs all along the supply chain.
Initiated in September 2018, the construction of the new Multi50 Arkema 4 is progressing on schedule, and the first components are taking shape in the new infrastructures of the Lalou Multi shipyard in Verdon-sur-Mer (33). Designed by Romaric Neyhousser in close cooperation with Lalou Roucayrol and the future skipper Quentin Vlamynck, this latest generation trimaran will have different architectural lines from its predecessor. It will be more versatile, and also benefit from ergonomics adapted to its skipper and focused on performance. Another major asset: just like the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3, it will incorporate innovative solutions drawn from collaboration between the Research & Development and Business hubs of the Arkema Group and Lalou Multi. This prototype is due to be launched in spring 2020.
This summer, Arkema successfully brought on stream a new 90,000-ton acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site to support the growth of its North American customers in the superabsorbents, paints, adhesives and water treatment markets.
In partnership with Agiplast, a pioneer in the manufacturing and regeneration of engineering plastic compounds, Arkema’s Technical Polymers business announces a new program to recycle high performance polyamides and PVDF fluoropolymers.
Arkema announces the proposed divestment of its Functional Polyolefins business to SK Global Chemical, a major chemicals player in South Korea and a subsidiary of SK, the large South-Korean corporation. With this project, Arkema continues its shift towards specialty chemicals and advanced materials.
Initially scheduled for 22 September, the start of the Mini Transat - La Boulangère race has had to be deferred several times due to complex weather conditions jeopardizing the competitors’ safety. After three successive postponements and a 15-day wait, the start of this solo transatlantic race is at last looming large for the young 23 year old skipper Raphaël Lutard and his innovative prototype, the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3. So, at 10.30 h on Saturday 5 October, the competitors will be setting off to tackle the first leg of their race: a 1,400 nautical mile course between La Rochelle and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Raphaël Lutard talks to us just a few hours from the much anticipated start.
Among the superyachts at the 28th Monaco Yacht Show in Monte-Carlo this 25-28 September, Bayonne-based LOEVA will present a perfectly transparent stand-up paddle. This SUP allows paddlers to glide over the surface of the waves while admiring the underwater universe by day or by night. The board is a world first to be made with Altuglas® ShieldUp, a nano-structured acrylic glass developed by Arkema. Incubation by the Arkema R&D Centre in Lacq also helped the LOEVA startup to perfect this stand-up paddle. Combining state-of-the-art technology, avant-garde design and high-grade manufacturing, it transcends the boarding experience.
As a global player in specialty chemicals and advanced materials, Arkema strives to generate sustainable growth by providing its customers with innovative and environmentally sound solutions. In an ever changing world, Arkema constantly innovates and offers solutions addressing these major changes in a wide variety of markets.
Designed as a demonstrator of innovations, and itself calling on the latest technologies to explain in simple terms the purpose of our materials and chemistry, L'atelier 4.20 has lived up to its promises since its inauguration at the Arkema headquarters in 2017. In two years, close to 6,500 visitors - employees, customers, higher education students, high school students, R&D partners - have been won over by its cutting-edge appeal. To celebrate this great success, Arkema is posting to its website a new immersive tool allowing visitors to feel as if they were there, while also launching an educational and engaging web series devoted to its key innovations.
Effective 1st October 2019, Béatrice Zilm is being appointed Arkema’s Financial Communication Vice President. She replaces Sophie Fouillat who, on the same date, is being appointed Corporate Economy and Strategic Planning Vice President within the Group’s Corporate Strategy Division.
Effective as of October 1st 2019, or as contract terms allow, Arkema will raise price for its hydrogen peroxide range by 30 €/DMT and for its sodium chlorate by 30€/MT in Europe and for the export markets. These prices adjustments are necessary to cover increasing electricity and labor costs.
Arkema announces a project to acquire Lambson, a company specializing in photoinitiators for curing, a technology meeting the demands of cutting-edge markets such as electronics, 3D printing, digital ink, composites and high performance coatings. These solutions will complement the offering of Sartomer, a global leader in photocure resins, while helping speed up its development in this fast-growing market. This deal will further strengthen the share of specialties in Arkema’s product portfolio, in line with its long-term ambition.
Arkema announces a project for Bostik to acquire Prochimir, a company specializing in high performance thermobonding adhesive films. This acquisition would enable Bostik to broaden its offering of solvent-free thermobonding solutions earmarked for many fast-growing industrial applications in the automotive, construction, textile and medical markets. It would position Bostik among world-leading players in thermobonding films, and is part of Bostik’s strategy to expand through acquisitions targeting leading technologies in a market that remains fragmented.
Arkema announces two appointments in its Bostik Specialty Adhesives business: Rodrigo Lacerda as Director of the Construction and Consumer Division, and Fernando Accioly Menezes as Director of Strategy and International Coordination. Both joined the Group on July 8th 2019.
The construction of the Multi 50 Arkema 4 announced last year by Arkema and Lalou Multi is well underway. Designed by marine architect Romaric Neyhousser, this innovative trimaran will be skippered by Quentin Vlamynck under the watchful eye of Lalou Roucayrol who manages the project and takes on the role of coach. The three men disclose the rationale of the boat and review the progress of its construction, the boat’s launch being scheduled for Spring 2020.