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Our acquisitions policy aims to focus on specialty chemicals: high tech companies or sectors producing high value-added materials, designed to provide custom-made solutions for our clients. Acquisition of these specialty activities enhances the technical know-how of the Group.

With the investment in the JV Sunke (in partnership with Jurong Chemical, leader of acrylic acid in China) in 2014 and its acquisition in 2019, the acquisitions of Bostik in 2015, Den Braven in 2016 and CMP in 2017, the Group has achieved an ambitious acquisition program of companies with high potential.

In 10 years, Arkema has acquired revenues of nearly 4 billion euros.

Over the coming years, Arkema will pursue its growth strategy based on bolt-on acquisitions by strongly focusing on specialties. They already represent 82% of its sales in 2020.

Arkema aims in particular to participate in the consolidation of the attractive, still-fragmented adhesives market, and will invest significantly in advanced materials (High-performance polymers and Performance ddditives).

Bostik:
zoom in on an iconic acquisition

The acquisitions
that have changed the face of Arkema

Arkema's acquisitions are focused on three areas:

  • Boosting acrylics integration
  • Accelerating technology
  • Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Coatex

Acrylic additives, thickeners and dispersants for paper, paint and cement.

€ 150 M sales

Boosting acrylics integration

Repsol PMMA business

PMMA sheet and block.

€ 30 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Odor-Tech

Gas odorizers.

$ 8 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Dow chemical assets

Acrylic acid and esters, latex emulsions for paint.

$ 450 M sales

Boosting acrylics integration

Oxford performance materials

Polyether ketone ketone (PEKK), boasting exceptional strength.

$ 2 M sales

Accelerating technology

Piezotech

Electroactive fluorinated polymers for tomorrow’s electronics.

Start-up
acquisition

Accelerating technology

Sartomer Cray Valley

Coating resins and photocure resins for industry.

€ 850 M sales

Boosting acrylics integration

Seppic assets

Alcoxylates, industrial surfactants (CECA).

€ 47 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Casda biomaterials + Hipro polymers

Sebacic acid and biosourced specialty polyamides in China.

$ 230 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

AEC Polymers

Industrial acrylic adhesives for the assembly of composite materials.

€ 3.5 M sales

Accelerating technology

Sunke

Acrylic monomer production capacities in Asia. Acquisition of Jurong Chemical’s stake in 2019.

$ 240 M investment

Boosting acrylics integration

Bostik

N°3 worldwide in glues and adhesives.

$ 1.5 B sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Den Braven

A leader in sealants for insulation and construction in Europe.

€ 350 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

XL Brands

Floor covering adhesives in United States.

$ 205 M investment

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

CMP Specialty Products

Flooring and floor preparation solutions in the United States.

$ 15 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Industrial adhesives of Nitta-Gelatin Inc.

Nonwoven activities for hygiene applications and in the packaging and labelling industrial markets in Japan.

$ 30 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

ArrMaz

Global leader in specialty surfactants for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure markets.

$ 290 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Lambson

Specialized in photoinitiators for curing, for markets such as electronics, 3D printing, digital ink, composites and high performance coatings.

€ 45 M sales

Boosting acrylics integration

Prochimir

High performance thermobonding adhesive films for industrial applications in the automotive, construction, textile and medical markets.

€ 30 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Lip

Tile adhesives, waterproofing systems and floor preparation solutions in Denmark.

€ 30 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Colorado Photopolymer Solutions

Specialist in photopolymers resins for 3D printing for the medical, composites, construction and consumer goods sectors.

Start-up
acquisition

Accelerating technology

Adaptive3D

Producer of photopolymer resins to enable additive manufacturing of tough and tear-resistant resistant rubbers for consumer goods, healthcare, industrial, transportation and oil and gas markets.

Equity stake
in the capital

Accelerating technology

Continuous Composites

Specialist in 3D printing of carbon fiber composite parts for the aeronautics, automotive and energy sectors.

Equity stake
in the capital

Accelerating technology

Ideal Work

Specialist in high-added value decorative flooring technologies for the construction market.

€ 10 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Fixatti

Producer of high-performance thermobonding adhesive powders for the construction, technical coating, battery, automotive, and textile printing sectors.

€ 55 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Ashland Performance Adhesives

US producer of pressure-sensitive adhesives for decorative, protection, and signage films for automotive and buildings, structural adhesives for construction and adhesives for flexible packaging.

$ 360 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Verkor

French start-up specialized in the production of high performance batteries.

Equity stake
in the capital

Accelerating technology

ERPRO 3D FACTORY

Specialist in large-series additive manufacturing mostly made with 100% bio-based Polyamide 11 powder.

Equity stake
in the capital

Accelerating technology

Agiplast

A leader in recycling high performance polymers, in particular specialty polyamides and fluoropolymers and Arkema’s historical partner.

€ 15 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Edge Adhesives Texas

A leading manufacturer of innovative adhesive solutions used in residential buildings, with hot-melt adhesives, pressure sensitive adhesive tapes and custom formulations for easy-install window, door and roofing.

$ 12 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Poliplas

Leader in hybrid-technology sealants and adhesives in Brazil.

€ 10 M sales

Refocusing on specialty chemicals

Crackless Monomer Company

Joint venture between Bostik and Taiwanese company Cartell Chemical Co, in order to produce specialty cyanoacrylate monomers on an industrial scale for electronics, medical equipment and DIY markets.
 

Equity stake
in the capital
Refocusing on specialty chemicals

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