On 16 November at 8.49 am (French time), Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) as winners in the Multi50 category. After sailing from Le Havre on 5 November, the Arkema pair covered the course’s 4,350 theoretical miles in 10 days 19 hours 14 minutes and 19 seconds, averaging a speed of 16.81 knots. An outstanding performance for these skippers who managed to overcome both technical and physical hurdles to ultimately claim victory. Lalou and Alex also relied on the invaluable support of Karine Fauconnier who was in charge of routing from land.
The Formnext tradeshow held in Frankfurt (Germany) from 14 to 17 November 2017 is the opportunity for Arkema to announce a development partnership in high temperature powders with EOS, pioneer and innovator of additive manufacturing solutions, and showcase its wide range of 3D printing solutions.
Arkema is proud to announce that the technology used in wind turbine blades received an award at JEC Asia last week in Seoul, Korea. This reward recognizes Elium® as one of the main disruptive technologies in the composites field that can change the business landscape by creating new markets or transforming existing ones.
Quentin Vlamynck seized a 14th place in the first leg of the Mini Transat La Boulangère, in the prototype category. The skipper of the Mini 6.50 Arkema 3 made the most of sailing the ocean over ten and a half days to gain a new strong maritime experience and draw valuable lessons on how to sail his innovative boat.
Our innovations deserved a dedicated space, an innovative and cutting-edge space to help us understand and experiment with Arkema’s chemistry! So here it is. On Thursday 21 September, Arkema inaugurated L'atelier 4.20 by Arkema in the presence of Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The new Neophil™ PVDF hollow fiber ultrafiltration membranes have been granted NSF/ANSI 61 certification for drinking water production. This certification will speed up the commercial development of this membrane technology developed jointly by Arkema and Polymem in the global drinking water market growing by 10 % yearly.
Arkema covers a wide spectrum of resins and additives, with highly diverse chemistries and technologies, to the coating industry. This particular feature and this strength mean that it can adapt to its customers’ specific requirements in a large number of application markets around the globe, while meeting the growing demands of an ever more sustainable chemical activity.
Composites solutions for lightweighting materials represent one of Arkema’s main research vectors. The Group today offers innovative solutions for recyclable high performance composites geared for the automotive and wind power sectors.
For the upcoming Transat Jacques Vabre race, Lalou Roucayrol is calling on an experienced and highly talented yachtswoman, Karine Fauconnier. In 2016, Karine joined Team Arkema Lalou Multi as weather router in the Transat, before acting as navigator in the Transat Québec - St Malo, which was to be a winning race for the Multi50 Arkema trimaran. This collaboration now continues with Lalou and Karine making up a fighting mixed double-handed crew that benefits from unique multihull experience!
Arkema recently doubled the capacity of their Kepstan® PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone) product line in France and confirms its future investment at its Mobile site (Alabama, United States) in a world-scale PEKK plant expected to come on stream in the second half of 2018.
Born in 2016 of a unique collaboration between Arkema and the Lalou Multi ocean racing sports team, the Arkema 3 Mini 6.50 prototype is now entering a new phase: the world of sports competition. The technical innovations of the monohull have been validated and its young skipper, Quentin Vlamynck, is familiarizing himself with the boat. It now remains to put this "racing beast" to the test against the competition!
Arkema is proudly shining the spotlight on a project that is both innovative and unprecedented: the construction of a wind turbine blade from the Elium® thermoplastic resin. This United States first was made possible thanks to the combined expertise of major players in the chemicals and composites sectors. A collaboration orchestrated by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and documented on video.