Arkema in a nutshell
The Arkema group was created in October 2004, following the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch. Thanks to innovation, targeted acquisitions and investments in emerging countries, it has become a recognized world player in the field of specialty chemicals.
Our history since 2006
18 May 2006
2 years after the Company's creation, the adventure continues with Arkema's listing on the Paris stock market.
The Group begins its development with the acquisition of Coatex, a world producer of rheology additives used in paints and coatings, packaging and paper.
Year after year, Arkema continues to expand. Following its acquisition of the acrylic monomers and emulsions business from Dow Chemical Company in North America, the Group bolsters its positions in the acrylics market (paints and coatings, automotive and transport).
The Group acquires the Sartomer and Cray Valley specialty resins activities (paints and coatings) from the Total group. These acquisitions provide Arkema with new growth drivers in Asia.
Arkema boosts its presence in Asia and intensifies its R&D efforts in China.
Arkema lays the foundation stone of a new Research and Development center on its Changshu site near Shanghai.
New major development opportunity with the acquisition of Chinese companies Casda Biomaterials, the world's leading producer of sebasic acid, and Hipro Polymers, producer of specialty polyamides 10 (plant-based chemistry).
Arkema spurs renewed momentum by refocusing on specialty chemicals and divests its vinyl business segment.
The Group takes on a new visual identity and a new signature, Innovative Chemistry, which reflects its new positioning.
Arkema launches into the development of cutting edge technologies for the nautical sector. A human and technological adventure begins with the sponsorship of the Arkema-Région Aquitaine Multi50 trimaran and Team Lalou Multi.
Arkema bolsters its positions in the Asian market with the creation of Sunke in partnership with Jurong Chemical, acrylic acid leader in China.
Arkema reaffirms its expertise in thiochemicals (sulfur derivatives) technologies with the commissioning of the Kerteh plant in Malaysia.
The site produces DMDS (dimethyl disulfide) and methyl mercaptan (used as a synthesis intermediate in animal feed).
The Group takes a new major step forward in its development with the acquisition of Bostik, the world’s n° 3 in specialty adhesives.
To assist with its customers’ growth, CECA, an Arkema subsidiary, announces a project to double specialty molecular sieve capacity at its Honfleur site in France, i.e. some 60 million euro capital expenditure.
Arkema acquires the Dutch company Den Braven, a leader in high performance sealants for insulation and construction in Europe.
With this acquisition integrated into its subsidiary Bostik, the Group actively pursues the development of its High Performance Materials division.
In order to bolster its position as a world player in sulfur derivatives, Arkema plans to double production capacity for methyl mercaptan, a sulfur intermediate that is key in the animal feed, refining and petrochemicals markets, at its Kerteh plant in Malaysia.
Arkema announces a major investment of 300 million euros to build, in Asia, a plant dedicated to Rilsan® biosourced polyamide 11 for use as a substitute for metal in demanding and fast-growing applications in electronics, 3D printing and automotive. This plant will come on stream in 2021.
Victory for Team Arkema Lalou Multi! Skippers Lalou Roucayrol and Alex Pella win the Transat Jacques Vabre 2017 race on board the trimaran Multi50 Arkema 1.
The pair complete the legendary Coffee Race in 10 days 19 hrs 14 min and 19 s.
Bostik (Arkema subsidiary) acquires XL Brands, a leading company for soft flooring adhesives in the United States.
With this latest acquisition, the Group actively pursues its development strategy in specialties.
Arkema and Hexcel join forces in thermoplastic composite solutions for aerospace.
With the expertise of Hexcel in carbon fiber and that of Arkema in PEKK, the two companies will develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes to produce lightweight parts for future generations of aircraft.
Arkema becomes National Supporter of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™!
With this agreement, Arkema supports women’s engagement in football, and enhances the status of women both in sport and at work.
Bostik steps up its development in adhesives in Japan. The Bostik-Nitta joint-venture announced the acquisition the industrial adhesives of Nitta-Gelatin Inc., and the construction of a new adhesives plant in Japan.
Bostik will be able to supply its Japanese customers in the buoyant nonwoven markets for hygiene applications and in the packaging, labelling, transportation and electronics industrial markets.
Arkema to launch a 3D Printing Center of Excellence, located at its Sartomer Exton facility (US) that will house most UV based technologies, and will develop cutting-edge 3D printing resins for applications such as dental, sports and electronics.
Sartomer, a Business Line of Arkema, is a pioneer in designing engineered resins for UV-curable additive manufacturing.
Arkema starts first PEKK production plant in U.S. (Mobile, Alabama).
This investment supports the strong demand for composites and advanced materials for 3D printing from demanding markets such as aeronautics, oil and gas, electronics and automotive.
Arkema has chosen the location of Jurong Island in Singapore to build its new world-scale plant dedicated to the manufacturing of the amino 11 monomer and its flagship Rilsan® polyamide 11. This new plant will increase our global capacities of polyamide 11 by 50%.
Arkema acquires ArrMaz, a US-based leader in specialty surfactants for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure.
This acquisition will join two organizations that are complementary in terms of geography as well as commercial and technological capabilities, especially for Performance Additives.
The Group acquires two companies:
- Prochimir, a French company specialized in high performance thermobonding adhesive films, which strengthens Bostik’s adhesive portfolio Bostik,
- and Lambson, that perfectly complements Sartomer’s resin range with its photoinitiators for curing.
READ THE PRESS RELEASE regarding Prochimir
Arkema acquires the Danish company LIP, a leader in tile adhesives, waterproofing and floor preparation products in the Scandinavian market.
This project will enable Bostik to extend its range of high value-added solutions, while boosting its presence in Nordic countries.
Arkema divests its Functional Polyolefins business.
This divestment is fully in line with the Group’s strategy to become a pure player in Specialty Materials by 2024, centered around the three complementary and highly innovative segments of Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials and Coating Solutions.
Arkema acquires Fixatti, a company specialized in high-performance thermobonding adhesive powders.
This acquisition will enable Bostik to strengthen its global offering of hotmelt adhesive solutions for niche industrial applications in the construction, technical coating, battery, automotive, and textile printing markets.
Arkema 4, Quentin Vlamynck's new Multi50, hit the water!
This brand new Multi50 is the result of close and intense technical collaboration between the Arkema Group and Lalou Multi, partners since 2013.
With recyclable resins, new adhesives, or clean energy, Arkema 4 is an innovative, versatile and sharp-looking boat.
The divestment of its PMMA business to Trinseo is a new step in Arkema’s transformation, and fully in line with its ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player by 2024.
Arkema acquires Colorado Photopolymer Solution, a company developing and marketing a range of value-added, formulated photopolymer resin solutions for energy curing technology, especially for 3D printing markets.
This acquisition will enable Sartomer, an Arkema subsidiary, to further support its customers and partners.
Arkema launches its program Start-up Connect, inviting start-ups specializing in advanced materials from around the world to join forces with Arkema to establish a privileged research collaboration.
Start-ups can benefit from the Group’s support and technological experience.
Following the acquisition of Lambson — a global player specializing in the development and supply of photoinitiators — Arkema opens a Center of Excellence in Wetherby (UK).
Integrated into the photocurable specialties business of Sartomer — a pioneer in this market — this center is a key component of the growth and development strategy for photocuring, a solvent-free sustainable technology of the future.
Arkema acquires Ashland’s Performance Adhesives business, US producer of pressure-sensitive adhesives, structural adhesives for construction and adhesives for flexible packaging.
This acquisition will enable Bostik to expand its offering and position itself as a major player in high performance industrial adhesives thanks to the excellent technological, geographic and commercial complementarities enabled by this operation.
Arkema announces the proposed divestment of its epoxides business to Cargill, a leader in agricultural products and services.
With this project, Arkema is pursuing the repositioning of its portfolio on its core businesses.
The Vigeo Eiris (V.E) rating agency places Arkema in first place out of the 42 companies assessed in the chemicals sector worldwide in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
This rating is a recognition that values the commitments and progress made by Arkema in terms of CSR.
One year to the day after its launch, the Ocean Fifty Arkema 4 was christened in Bordeaux, in the presence of its skipper Quentin Vlamynck, but also Arkema employees involved in the construction.
Arkema announces the construction of a polyamide 11 powders plant on its Changshu platform in China, scheduled to come on stream in the first quarter of 2023.
This investment will further support the growing demand for advanced bio-circular materials in Asia.
Arkema unveils a new positioning and visual identity with the ambition of leveraging its innovation and expertise in materials science to help build a sustainable world.
To achieve this ambition, Arkema aims to become a 100% Specialty Materials player by 2024.
Arkema inaugurates a new Center of Excellence dedicated to batteries at its Pierre-Bénite Research Center.
On this occasion the Group announces a 50% increase in its Kynar® PVDF fluoropolymer production capacities at its Pierre-Bénite site in order to address the fast-growing demand for materials for lithium-ion batteries.
Arkema and the French Académie des sciences are launching a "prize for innovation in chemistry for sustainable materials". It rewards scientific work that contributes to the development of innovative materials at the service of environmental protection and sustainability.
The 2022 prize has been awarded in October to Lydéric Bocquet, Director of Research at CNRS for his work linking the physical chemistry of materials, fluid dynamics and nanosciences.
Arkema was officially certified Top Employer for the first time in France, China, the United States and Brazil.
This Top Employer certification is given in recognition of the excellence of our HR practices in these four countries, which account for two-thirds of our employees and recruitments worldwide.
Arkema, partner of women’s football since 2019, has extended its naming contract with D1 Arkema, the French Division 1 women’s football league, for another three seasons.
Arkema obtains SuCCESS™ certification for its advanced bio-based materials, the world’s first sustainable castor code.
Arkema reinforces its commitment to the climate by setting itself an ambitious target, based on an SBT (Science Based Target) approach, to reduce its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and its scope 3 emissions by 46% by 2030 relative to 2019.
By publishing its Diversity and Inclusion Charter, Arkema reaffirms its desire to draw on the spectrum of this values for its recruitment and career management around the world.
Arkema announces the proposed divestment of Febex, its phosphorus derivatives business, to Belgian group Prayon. Arkema thus continues its dynamic business portfolio management.
November 2022Saling: an excellent second place for Quentin Vlamynck with Arkema in the Route du Rhum 2022.
Quentin also won the Pro Sailing Tour 2022 earlier this year, a competition for Ocean Fifty class trimaran.
Arkema announces a new range of mass balance acrylic materials. Arkema can offer certified bio-attributed specialty acrylic additives and resins for a wide range of applications.
It is a major step forward in its innovative sustainable offer.