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Innovation is the hallmark of Arkema Inc. researchers and scientists. We develop state-of-the-art specialty chemicals and polymers that provide customers with practical solutions to the challenges and opportunities they face. As a company, Arkema is committed to developing solutions today for tomorrow’s societal needs. We have established five priorities for our R&D focus:

  • Lightweight materials and design
  • Electronic solutions
  • New energies
  • Living comfort & home efficiency
  • Natural resources management

Arkema is committed to excellence, the pursuit of safety and environmental protection, optimized performance, and best case competitiveness.

King of Prussia's research and product development activities

 

Key figures for 2020

 

Number of employees 634 employees on site, 67 sales personnel reporting here
Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually) *$80 million
Investment in health, environment, and safety

$1+ million

Safety record 

4 years without a lost-time injury

*2019 figure

Investment in health, environment and safety

Safety is extremely important to Arkema.

  • All employees are required to devote an hour+ per month toward safety awareness training.
  • All new employees participate in (5 module) SafeStart® training, and existing employees are assigned a refresher course annually.
  • 30+ member emergency response team on site.

Community Involvement

Our headquarters and research and development community at King of Prussia are proud of our emphasis on safety, health and the environment. We support the company's efforts in product stewardship, and we strive to be viewed as a good neighbor in our community.

  • Science Teacher Program - Arkema Inc.’s Science Teacher Program provides hands-on training to hundreds of teachers nationwide. In King of Prussia, we host 14 teachers, providing them with science activities to help students understand scientific principles and excite them about science. 
  • Cristo Rey High School Work / Study Program – The Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School provides four students with real-life experience. The students work once a week at the site from September through June. They are assigned duties in office services, talent acquisition, talent management and marketing. Cristo Rey is an independent, college preparatory Catholic school for under-represented urban students, giving skills to succeed in college and the modern workplace.
  • Co-sponsor Philly Materials Day at Drexel University; regional "You be the Chemist" Challenge; Materials Science & Engineering Graduate Student Symposium.
  • Sponsor of the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI), a chemicals industry program that provides scholarships to students pursuing STEM degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and connects these students to growth and career opportunities at participating companies.
  • Sponsor for the HBCU Week Foundation, which encourages students to enroll into HBCUs, provides scholarships dollars and fosters a pipeline of corporate employment opportunities.
  • Franklin Institute – partner in support of the STEM Scholars program, a four-year enrichment program for high school students.
  • United Way® employee donation drive and match
  • Valley Forge Freedom from Hunger Food Drive
  • Donations to the Montgomery County Chamber Foundation; Barnes Foundation; Science History Institute,
  • Valley Forge Revolutionary Run - sponsor 20 employee runners
  • Participated in King of Prussia District’s Restaurant Week to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Donations to the King of Prussia Fire Company, Chemical Heritage Foundation Innovation Day, Franklin Institute, American Red Cross, Economy League of Greater Philadephia

  • Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

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Last updated: July 2021