A multi-product offering for electric cable manufacture
Cable manufacturers today face new requirements in terms of safety (fire resistance), sturdiness (stability) and durability (mechanical strength). Our products provide the right solutions to these issues and are used to manufacture low, medium, high and extra-high voltage power cables.
- Our Kynar® and Kynar Flex® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) grades are particularly suitable to demanding applications such as safety cables thanks to their outstanding chemical stability and mechanical strength.
- Our Rilsan® polyamide resins rank among those rare materials that withstand termite attack. These materials are greatly valued by manufacturers of underground electric cables.
Specialty acrylates and methacrylates for electronics
A robust portfolio for energy curing
Sartomer® (meth)acrylate resins and specialty oligomers can offer enhanced dielectric performance in electronic applications, such as conformal coatings, potting, encapsulation, circuit boards, OLED, solder masks, and more. These specialty resins can be tailored to meet your needs, including dielectric loss, breakdown strength, dampening, or surface and volume resistivity.
Whether you are looking for a higher quality of image on touchscreens (optimum diffusion of light and colors, sharpness), a more flexible design (foldable, flexible, thinner) for smart phone, tablet, TV and wearable products, or ultra-low loss materials for RF applications, Sartomer® resins can offer the properties that you need.
Lightweight & sturdiness
Our Rilsan® polyamides range is in great demand with the major telephone brands: they are among the rare materials on the market to combine chemical resistance and impact resistance, precision of components, light weight, and gloss. It is lighter than the widely used polycarbonate and aluminum, and has been adopted by manufacturers for the design of particularly strong inner frame shells, as well as profiled.
Lithium-ion batteries represent a further area of excellence for Arkema.
Temperature variations and repeated charge/discharge cycles damage these batteries: the active particles no longer adhere to the electrodes, thereby reducing battery life and causing the phone to shut down. To remedy this weakness, our Kynar® PVDF is used by manufacturers to bind the active particles onto the electrodes: its outstanding resistance to the corrosiveness of the electrolyte helps extend the operating life of batteries.
Kynar® PVDF is also used in the coating of the separator between the two electrodes, which helps extend the battery’s lifetime.
A less harmful process for electroplating
E-Pure MSA® replaces most classical acids used in Sn or Sn/Pb electroplating baths, and frees processes from toxic lead and hazardous fluoborates. With E-Pure MSA®, bath can operate with lower metal content and allows for reduced waste, sludge and fewer residues and effluents. E-Pure MSA® also offers the possibility to recycle electrolytes.
Our fluorination expertise for electronics
Arkema, fluorospecialties expert
As a leading fluorine specialist, Arkema provides fluoro-specialties development and production to key partners where fluorine makes a difference. The Foranext® range leverages our fluorination expertise to create fluorogases used in a variety of electronic and semiconductor applications from plasma etching to chamber cleaning and more.
Moving to silicon-free, organic electronics
Committed to the electronics of the future
As a result of the continuing miniaturization of silicon chips, microelectronics based on optical lithography – the engraving technology for microprocessors – is facing the physical limits of silicon as a material. To move beyond these constraints related to the world of the infinitesimally small, the Arkema Group is developing technology for polymer self-assembled (or nanostructured) lithography. This highly promising alternative requires low production costs and is easily integrated into existing manufacturing processes for microprocessors.
Thanks to its wide range of technical polymers (fluorinated, piezoelectric, thermoplastic and nanostructured), the Arkema Group is dedicating significant resources to large area printed electronics (flexible screens, smart packaging and textiles, photovoltaic panels).
The aims of this initiative are to: extend system lifespans, optimize production costs, and integrate several functions on the same support.The use of these organic materials, rather than silicon, makes it possible to design a whole new field of printable, transparent and flexible components.