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The Group is structured into three coherent and complementary segments dedicated to Specialty Materials (Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions) accounting for some 80% of its sales, and an Intermediates segment leveraging competitive and global product lines. Sustained by the collective energy of its 20,500 employees, Arkema operates in some 55 countries and reports sales of €8.7 billion.


Arkema fosters interaction with its stakeholders, and innovates around 6 solution-oriented research platforms:

These platforms shape the Group's R&D to address the major global trends today and in the future.

A culture of innovation, closeness to customers and a willingness to continually adapt to a changing world are part of Arkema's DNA."

2019 key figures

What applications for our materials?

Examples in everyday life

Our materials and innovations are subtly present everywhere in your daily life: vehicles, cosmetics, aeronautics, packaging, electrics, sporting goods, etc.

Watch the video or download the booklet to see examples of everyday applications with Arkema products and materials.



Four business segments:

Arkema’s organization is the product of in-depth transformations conducted over recent years to optimize the Group’s positioning as a leader of specialty materials.

Each business segment draws its strength from the following:

  • Leading market positions on most of its activity.
  • A great capacity for innovation focused on sustainable development and the protection of the environment.
  • Worldwide geographical coverage, evenly balanced between North America, Europe and Asia.
Adhesive Solutions

Advanced Materials

Coating Solutions


  • Construction & Consumer
  • Industrial Assembly
  • High Performance Polymers
  • Performance Additives
  • Coating Resins
  • Coating Additives


of these activities fall under “Specialty Materials

(Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, Coating Solutions segments)

World no. 1 to no. 3 on 90% of the portfolio:

Adhesive Solutions

Advanced Materials

Coating Solutions


  • Specialty Adhesives #3
  • Specialty Polyamides #3 
  • PVDF #1
  • Thiochemicals #1
  • Hydrogen Peroxide #3
  • Acrylic Monomers #2
  • Coating Resins #3
  • Photocure Resins #1
  • PMMA #2
  • Fluorogases #3

Going where the growth is:

Arkema pursues the strategic rebalancing of its activities towards complementary geographic positions between Asia and the rest of world, Europe and North America. Thanks to its targeted acquisition strategy and recent industrial investments, the Group is now more international than ever. From 2006 to 2019, Asia and rest of the world's share in sales terms rose from 10% to 28%, North America from 25% to 32% whereas Europe's share dropped to 36% (against 58% in 2006).


North America

Rest of the world



  • 43 production sites
  • 4 R&D centers
  • 4,075 employees
  • 10 production sites

  • 905 employees

  • 61 production sites
  • 7 R&D centers
  • 11,200 employees
  • 30 production sites

  • 4 R&D centers

  • 4,320 employees

In the beginning, Arkema was based mainly in Europe and the United States. Our external growth strategy has helped us balance the Group's presence across the globe. We have enhanced our foothold in Asia, close to high-growth markets."