Bostik, the Specialty Adhesives business line of Arkema, continues to expand its manufacturing capacities with the opening of a new facility in Gujarat. Together with its existing plant in Bangalore, the new plant will serve the fast growing demand in India for adhesives in industrial markets.
Arkema will increase fluoropolymer (Kynar® PVDF) capacity at its Calvert City plant in the United States by some 20%. The expansion is fueled by strong demand in the new energies and water management markets as well as in more traditional applications (chemical process industry and high performance cables). In line with the strategy presented at its recent Capital Markets Day, this investment, scheduled to start mid-2018, further supports Arkema’s ambition to accelerate the development of its advanced materials, one of the key pillars of its future growth.
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.
Eager to sustain its customers’ strong growth, in particular in automotive, 3D-printing, and in consumer goods markets such as sports and electronics, Arkema announces an investment plan of some 300 million euros over five years in the biosourced polyamide 11 chain. This major investment will enable the Group to increase by 50% its polyamide 11 global production capacities. The project falls in line with Arkema’s strategy to speed up its development in advanced materials, one of the key pillars of its future growth, sustained by a unique portfolio of innovations around the main sustainable development trends.
Arkema today announces a project to double its methyl mercaptan production capacity at its Kerteh site in Malaysia to support the strong growth of the animal feed, petrochemical and refining markets in Asia and to strengthen its world leading position in high value added sulfur derivatives.
To support the growth of Sartomer, the world leader in specialty photocure resins, Arkema announces a project to expand by over 30% production capacity at its Nansha facility in China. This new production line will in particular help meet strong customer demand in Asia in the electronics, 3D-printing and inkjet printing cutting-edge markets.
In the space of just a few months, the Peugeot 3008 has received over twenty prizes and awards. Modern and thoroughbred styling, ecological performances, comfort… are all qualities everybody agrees on for this SUV. A great success ‘made in France’ which Altuglas International, an Arkema subsidiary, is proud to be part of thanks to its Altuglas® PMMA acrylic resin.
Arkema announces the acquisition by Bostik of CMP Specialty Products, the flooring and floor preparation business of US based specialist CGM. This business, which generated U$15 million sales in 2016, offers strong synergies with Bostik. This acquisition fits perfectly with Bostik's strategy to expand in the growing US construction market and to offer its customers a complete range of innovative solutions for the flooring market. This acquisition is also fully part of the Group strategy to accelerate its growth in specialty adhesives with bolt-on acquisitions.
Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, inaugurates the new specialty molecular sieve capacity at the Honfleur plant today. This new plant will enable the Group to support its customers’ growth in the refining and petrochemicals markets, in particular in Asia and the Middle East. This investment of some €60 million supports the development of the High Performance Materials segment, represents one of the Group’s growth drivers, and consolidates its n° 2 world ranking in molecular sieves.
Arkema has just successfully brought on stream new Kynar® PVDF capacities on its Changshu platform near Shanghai. With this 25% increase in its production capacities in China, Arkema, which runs PVDF production plants on 3 continents (Europe, North America and Asia), has consolidated its world leading position in PVDF.
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.
Arkema launches a new website for its three flagship polymer families – Kynar® fluoropolymers, Pebax® thermoplastic elastomers, and Rilsan® high performance polyamides. The website, focused on “extreme materials”, aims to optimize the user experience with rich content and intuitive navigation.
Continuing the effort to capitalize on synergies between Arkema’s fluoropolymer and polyamide product lines, the Technical Polymers business is pleased to announce the addition of new Kynar® PVDF powder coatings.
Arkema is investing US$90 million on its Clear Lake Texas site to replace existing acrylic acid production units with modern facilities using the latest available technologies. Thus Arkema will position the Clear Lake site among the most competitive in North America while meeting growing demand in the region.
The first edition of the Convergence trade show is being held in Paris from 6 to 9 December 2016. Among the major exhibitors at this new event dedicated to the challenges of the Industry of the Future, Arkema will present its latest innovations in the fields of thermoplastic composites and additive manufacturing - or 3D printing.
Arkema completed the acquisition of Den Braven, a leader in high performance sealants for insulation and construction in Europe, on 1st December. With this strong value-creating acquisition, Arkema confirms its long-term ambition for Bostik, and actively pursues the development of its High Performance Materials division.
Arkema Group, the global leading specialty chemicals company, is attending the Chinacoat 2016 tradeshow in Guangzhou, from 30 November to 2 December (Hall 10.2-Stand C25-34). At the trade show, Arkema is introducing a comprehensive range of high performance and durable solutions for paints and coatings, including acrylic monomers, coating resins, high performance additives from Coatex, a broad product range from Sartomer, and Kynar® PVDF for coatings.
Committed to drive the technology forward, Sartomer will present NextDimension™, its new range of solutions for UV curable additive manufacturing, at the upcoming Formnext show in Frankfurt, November 15th to 18th 2016, Arkema booth #B19 (Hall 3.1).
Awards were presented in a private ceremony on October 24th at the “Arkema Design Lab” during the K2016 fair. A monetary award was also given to the university program of choice for each of the two winners.
Arkema announces a 25% Kynar® PVDF capacity increase on its Changshu platform near Shanghai. This project will help meet the strong demand, in particular in new energies and water treatment applications. This investment will support the Group’s ambition in Technical Polymers, and is part of its strategy to speed up the growth of its High Performance Materials division.