Value-added synthetic additives
The intermediate products of the Arkema Group are used in many processes in the chemical industry: solvents, diluents, thickeners, reagents and reaction initiators.
Its range of amines, oxygenated solvents and other synthetic intermediates based on sulphur chemistry (e.g. methanesulfonic acid, thioacetic acid) are indispensable.
They are used not only in pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications, but also in the manufacturing of pesticides, textiles, paints, rubber, etc.
Improving the performance of plastics
The Arkema Group provides the plastics industry with a large choice of functional additives:
Plastistrength®, Clearstrength®, Biostrength® and Durastrength® plastic additives are used at different steps of the manufacturing process, and enhance the properties related to impact resistance, heat, aging of plastics and also transparency.
Organic peroxides remain indispensable to initiate polymerization.
Acrylic monomers and oligomers produced by Sartomer are widely used as reactive diluents for the formulation of UV and ink coatings, and as chemical intermediates for synthesizing polymers. Sartomer recently created a new range of products called Sarbio™, made from renewable raw materials
Focus on ... Luperox®
The Luperox® range of organic peroxides includes initiators which shorten polymerization cycles. They contribute to increasing productivity, reducing production costs and optimizing the quality of synthesized plastics (thermoplastic and thermoset).
Solutions for industrial facilities
The products of the Arkema Group are also used in the operating processes of industrial facilities in the chemical industry with the following aims.
- Fighting corrosion: Kynar® polyvinylidene fluorides are used as a substitute for metals in chemical engineering to manufacture reactors, pipes and valves which are highly resistant to corrosive products.
- To mitigate coke formation: Dimethyl Disulfide (DMDS) is the standard sulfur additive injected continuously in steamcracker feedstock to prevent coke deposition on the internal surface of cracking coils, extend the run length and maximize annual operating rate. This same DMDS property is also used for the catalytic dehydrogenation of propane (“PDH” units) in which coke can lead to severe metallurgy carburization and irreparable damage to the catalytic section of the process.