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Integrated into the Pierre-Bénite platform, the Rhône-Alpes Research Center (CRRA) is one of Arkema’s thirteen research centers around the world. Dedicated to energy management, the CRRA extends its activities to all areas of chemistry, including synthesis, technical assistance, polymerization, formulation, catalysis, application, etc.

Created in 1948 in Pierre-Bénite, CRRA is ideally located in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region, home to 25% of French chemistry research.

The CRRA has 200 employees. A founding member of the Axelera competitiveness division, which aims to be the benchmark center in the fields of chemistry and the environment, the CRRA plays a major role within the scientific and industrial community in the Rhône-Alpes region.

Activities of the Rhône-Alpes Research Center

CRRA researchers work in close collaboration with teams specializing in technology watch, analysis, process safety, corrosion, and industrial hygiene.

With 350 patents registered since the creation of the Group less than ten years ago, the CRRA is a major player in French research and innovation in chemistry.

Reflection related to energy management revolves around three main themes:

  • To respond to the problem posed by the scarcity of fossil materials, CRRA researchers are developing or improving processes that favor biosourced or recycled raw materials, such as castor oil or glycerin.
  • The CRRA develops and improves eco-efficient processes, in order to favor competitive production methods and energy efficiency, while reducing environmental impact (in particular releases).
  • Market innovation for downstream industries is the third major research focus of the CRRA. To meet the energy challenges of the 21st century, the CRRA is developing new products intended for the fossil (additives for oil and gas exploration), renewable (photovoltaic or wind energy market), and recycled (from energy not recovered from production units) energy markets. 

The CRRA is also working on lightening structures and intelligent materials for electronics, through the development of self-healing rubbers, additives for composites, and polymers for energy storage or retrocession (innovations for electronics).

To reduce the environmental footprint of products and processes, the R&D teams are also working on recycling.

In order to ensure the safety of its teams and residents, the CRRA has implemented a “Safety in Action” approach based on risk prevention, the establishment of an appropriate management system, and the dissemination of a safety culture on the site.