King of Prussia, Pennsylvania headquarters and research and development center
King of Prussia, PA is Arkema’s U.S. headquarters and main research and development location.
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 four priorities for our research and development focus:
- Water management
- Lightweight materials
- Materials for new energies
- Renewable materials
Learn more about our R&D here.
Arkema is committed to excellence, the pursuit of safety and environmental protection, optimized performance, and best-in-class competitiveness.
6th Annual Philly Materials Day
Arkema’s King of Prussia, PA R&D site sponsored and participated in the 6th Annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day at the Bossone Research Enterprise Center at Drexel University. Four scientists took shifts discussing the various types of plastic additives Arkema creates that go into making everyday materials, like Legos®, cell phone cases, vehicle taillights, rubber shoe soles and even a branch from the ‘Tree of Life’ featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Arkema’s table included a variety of fun, science-based activities, including “pellet art” using colored plastic pellets to fill plastic bottles featuring the Arkema logo and race cars equipped with tiny solar cells that are powered by flashlights. Arkema employees stressed the importance of the durability of Arkema plastics as well as their crystal clear appearance, as some plastics can become opaque over time.
Our headquarters and research and development community at King of Prussiai 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 has provided hands-on training to hundreds of teachers nationwide. Arkema developed the Science Teacher Program to address a negative trend discovered while interviewing teachers in elementary and secondary education: teachers did not enjoy teaching hands-on science because they were not adequately equipped to teach it. In many cases, science was taught in a very superficial way or not at all. Instead of addressing the deficiencies of science education with short-term remedies, Arkema developed the program to strategically focus on teacher development. Education experts advised that dramatic, illustrative hands-on science activities can help students more clearly understand scientific principles and also can get them excited about science, sparking curiosity that may lead students to careers in science.
Since its inception in 1996, nearly 1,000 teachers have taken part in Arkema’s Science Teacher Program. These teachers have gone on to share their knowledge with more than 50,000 students nationwide – many from socio-economically disadvantaged homes. In 2015, 13 elementary school teachers from eight local schools participated in the King of Prussia program.
- Cristo Rey High School Work / Study Program – Arkema partners with the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School to provide four students with real life work experience. The students work one day a week at Arkema’s KOP site, from September through June. Their assignments are in office services, talent acquisition, talent management, and marketing. Cristo Rey is an independent, college preparatory Catholic school for under-represented urban students that helps build skills to succeed in college and the modern workplace. Based on a successful model used in 24 cities across the U.S., teams of four students work five days per month in partnering corporations, which provide them with invaluable work experience and subsidize approximately 60% of the cost of their education.
Local associations / Events we sponsor
- American Red Cross
- Chemical Heritage Foundation Innovation Day
- Cristo Rey
- Donations to King of Prussia & Swedesboro Fire Companies
- Economy League of Greater Philadelphia
- Employee donations to local soup kitchen
- FIRST Robotics (an international high school robotics competition) – local team sponsors
- Franklin Institute
- Penn State – Additive Manufacturing lab
- Penn State (and other) Fellowship programs
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Philadelphia Reads - Reading Olympics
- United Way®
Key figures for 2015
|# of employees||~650|
Local economic impact
$2.4 million in 2015
|Investment in the community||$ 400,000+ investment in 2015
● Time commitment also made by employees who volunteer in the community
|Investment in health, environment and safety||
$245,000+ investment in 2015 for health, safety, and environmental projects
● All employees are required to devote an hour+ per month towards safety awareness / training
● All 2,700 US employees participated in a 2-3-hour Safety Academy workshop in 2015
● All new employees participate in (5 module) SafeStart training
|Safety record||No employee injuries on the King of Prussia campus in the 2 years that led to lost work time|
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Last updated: December 8, 2015