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In line with Arkema's Social Commitment Charter, the Thiochemicals sustainability offer addresses 9 of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations Global Compact, mainly related to Good Health & Well-being (3), Climate action (13) and Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure (9).

We put our expertise at the service of some of the major issues of our planet, focusing on 3 main areas:

Innovating to respond to social challenges

An eco-friendly solution for cleaning water membranes

Scaleva® MSA is the solution for descaling applications including cooling towers, evaporative coolers, hot water boilers, and processing equipment (including water treatment membranes). Readily biodegradable, Scaleva® MSA has an excellent HSE profile compared to other alternatives. Moreover, dilute solutions are safe for discharge to water treatment facilities as Scaleva® MSA contains no phosphorus or nitrogen, two water pollutants that cause eutrophication (dense growth of aquatic plants leading to the death of animal life from lack of oxygen) in rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.

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An alternative to replace chlorinated paraffin while offering longer lasting for lubricants

Commonly used in lubricant formulations, our sulfur-based additives TPS® allows replacement of chlorinated paraffins with a full range for neat oil & water-based formulations, through their non-chlorinated profile and their good extreme pressure efficiency. Thanks to their higher oxidation resistance and being compatible with new type of oils, TPS® allows lubricant oils to last longer.

Digitalization for real-time telemetry & live communication for refineries

Arkema offers Carelflex®, an on-site sulfiding service carried out by highly qualified technicians, providing the technical and safety knowledge, for an efficient, hassle-free catalyst sulfiding. Taking a step forward, Arkema innovates with a digital interface that eases live communication between the refinery control room and the Carelflex® team during sulfiding to enable better anticipation of potential issues, improve operation safety to achieve the highest catalyst activation and resume production on time.

Optimizing the catalyst consumption for steamcrackers & Improving their production efficiency

By delaying coke formation in the steamcrackers' furnace coils, DMDS Evolution® E2 helps to extend the furnace running cycles and optimize the production capacities and yields with responsible energy consumption. DMDS Evolution® E2 injection also prevents coke from forming in hot areas of the PDH process so units can continue running efficiently and effectively.

Ensuring food access while being a key to improve use of agricultural resources

Arkema supports the food industry players by manufacturing methionine, a sulfurous amino acid essential to animal nutrition, allowing farmers to ensure a proper development of their animals, while promoting the best-quality meat (muscle rather than fat). Even if methionine is naturally found in limited quantities in various cereals and pulses, properly dosed methionine supplementation is necessary to reach a good metabolism. This efficiency driver is more vital than ever, as demand for meat is increasing, and making the proper utilization of agricultural land essential.

(TIN) electroplating: fewer side reactions and higher performance

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.

Contributing to people's health & safety

Gas odorants ensuring safety

Natural gas and propane (including CNG and LPG) are naturally odorless, making them nearly impossible to detect in the event of a leak. Odorization is the process through which odorants are added and makes the leak detectible before the concentration of gas becomes explosive. Our gas odorants make natural gas and LPG safer to use for people. We have also developed a full range of high quality gas odorants for industrial gases, as well as a tool to save those valuable gases. Codetect® can be used in steel manufacturing for CO rich gases to prevent poisoning and asphyxiation. Through this range, Arkema contributes to improving working conditions to prevent workplace gas leaks and to ensuring the user a safer environment.


A safer process for leather processing

Thioglycolic acid (TGA) is used for the removal of hair from leather hides. It minimizes wastewater treatment costs as compared to sodium hydrosulfide compound. As the sulphur oxidation is total, there is no risk of hydrogen sulfide generation, therefore improving the working conditions and safety.

Improving the working conditions for refineries

Arkema is the world’s leading producer of Dimethyl Disulfide (DMDS), the most widely used sulfiding agent for in-situ activation of hydrotreatment (HDT) catalysts. Our second generation DMDS Evolution® E2 is a breakthrough formulation for a better smelling DMDS sulfiding agent. It outperforms all other grades in odor control, and provides a more pleasant fragrance, hence improving the user working condition.


Bio-methionine: a less harmful process for health

Arkema has partenered with world leader in industrial biotechnology, CheilJedang (CJ Group), to develop a new process producing the first methionine made from the biofermentation of renewable raw materials (bio-methionine); it uses 100% bio-based raw materials such as sugars or glycerin from plant oils, therefore enabling less exposure to toxic products for the surrounding local residents and workers. In addition to its low-toxic profile, this process is simpler and significantly less energy intensive, with fewer steps than traditional chemical oil-based processes. 

Acting for our climate and the environment

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Extreme Pressure sulfur additives for lighter vehicles

Today, companies must abide by increasingly stringent environmental regulations. Carmakers and OEMs must innovate to reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles. To fulfil this requirement, Arkema supports the automotive sector, by offering extreme pressure sulfur additives for lubricants. Thanks to their higher thermal resistance compared to other sulfurized olefins, TPS®, and especially TPS® 44, enable more compact and lighter design of automotive gearboxes, contributing to lighter vehicles.


Enabler for biofuels manufacturing from recycled feedstocks

Arkema offers innovative thiochemical solutions which allow biodiesel manufacturers to produce the highest quality of biodiesel in a safe and cost-effective manner. MSA LC (Low Corrosion) is a strong acid that can be used as an acidulation or neutralization agent, or as a (trans)esterification catalyst that improves yield for biodiesel producers.This allows the use of  advantaged feedstocks like waste oils or animal fats, while significantly reducing the corrosivity toward stainless steel materials.


Gas Odorants: acting for a cleaner energy

Natural gas is frequently presented as a transition energy for the future. In fact, it has a number of advantages: it contains fewer minor components producing local pollution (sulphur, fine particles, heavy metals, etc.) than coal, and less carbon per unit mass than petroleum products, therefore causing therefore fewer CO2 (greenhouse gas) combustion and fine particles emissions. Through its offer of gas odorants, Arkema contributes to making this energy even safer, which actively participates in the replacement of coal by gas, particularly in the USA and China, and reduce reducing the CO2 footprint.

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Renewable fuels: contributing to a sustainable energy

Decarbonization of the economy requires new sources of energies. Renewable diesel has the same composition as diesel distillated in refineries, except it originates from renewable sources such as vegetable or recycled oils and wasted animal fats. It can replace 100% of the fossil diesel in the engine for the same performances and cleaner combustion. DMDS Evolution® E2 is the standard sulfiding agent to activate the catalyst in the hydrotreating process of HVOs, and a key contributor to improve the sustainability of the transportation energy mix.

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Reducing sulfur emissions in the air

Leveraging its expertise in handling H2S, Arkema has developed Carelflex®, an on-site sulfiding service for refineries, carried out by highly qualified technicians, in order to provide a real-time, and accurate H2S measurement tool during HDP catalyst activation. By using, only the appropriate amount of DMDS, our Carelflex® service makes it possible to lower the sulfur emissions in the air often considered as major source of acid rain, thus preserving aquatic life.

Arkema fully committed to the United Nations’ 2030 agenda

As a supporter of the United Nations Global Compact, Arkema has committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. The UN’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) support the choices we made in 2012 when we introduced our own corporate social responsibility policy.