Arkema, a global manufacturer in specialty materials, is present in the Middle East with 150 employees, 3 production sites, 3 laboratories, 6 logistic and distribution centers and 5 legal entities.
The Group's main customers in the region operate in the oil & gas, petrochemicals, refining, mining, building and construction, plastic industry, hygiene, paint and coating. These high potential markets are steadily growing in the region.
Arkema (formerly Atofina), first established its presence in the Middle East by opening a Representative Office in 2001 in Cairo, Egypt. In 2005, Arkema started its first bulk storage facility in the Jebel Ali free zone for its DMDS products to meet the strong growth demand in the region. In 2008, Arkema opened in Cairo a Sales Office for Oilfield Chemicals.
In 2011, Arkema moved to Dubai to get closer to its customers, by establishing an Arkema France Branch Office in the JLT Free zone. In 2014, Arkema invested in a state of the art factory for Oilfield Chemicals in Dammam on the east coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In 2015, Arkema acquired Bostik, a global leader for adhesives, followed by Den Braven B.V, specialized in the production of construction adhesives in late 2016. The integration of Bostik within the Group has allowed the region to welcome Bostik Egypt for its Non-Woven Business, and Bostik in UAE (ex Den Braven Middle East) for the construction adhesives business. In 2018, Den Braven Middle East DMCC and Arkema France Branch Office, two Dubai based entities merged to form Arkema Middle East DMCC, thus becoming the regional Headquarter of Arkema Group operations in the region.
In early 2019, Arkema Middle East DMCC inaugurated its new offices in Dubai UAE, in the presence of Madame the French General Consul in Dubai. During 2019, following the acquisition of Arrmaz, Arkema has reinforced its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia adding a new plant located in Al Jalamid, primarily for the production of specialty chemicals to support the growth of the Saudi phosphate industry.
The key Business Units represented today in the region are Thiochemicals, Surfactants & Additives, Molecular Sieves, Functional Additives, Coating Solutions, Technical Polymers, Fluorochemicals, along with Bostik’s Construction & Consumer (C&C), Non-Woven and Advanced Packaging Adhesives divisions.
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As part of the group strategy, our ambition is to expand our presence in key emerging markets.
The Middle East offers an excellent platform for future growth in many markets such as Oil & Gas Upstream & Downstream, Mining, Building & Construction, Hygiene, Paint & Coatings.
Our focus is to provide innovative, cutting-edge technological solutions to meet current and emerging challenges of our customers and partners”
Sustainable and innovative solutions, responsible management of industrial activities, open dialogue with stakeholders, contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)... all these elements are part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy promoted by the Group, nourished by the ambition to be among the best.
The Middle East Team actively participate in the CSR Activites implented at the local level.