Matthew Ritter, global business director for the fluorochemicals group, discussed the EPA Snap ruling and how it is affecting the industry with Ron Rajecki from ACHR The News. Two points were primarily on Ritter’s mind: the portrayal of Arkema as a foreign company, and the idea that the company is anti-HFO. Arkema Inc. has its headquarters is in King of
Prussia, Pennsylvania and employs 3,400 people in 19 states.
Bostik, the Specialty Adhesives business line of Arkema, continues to expand its manufacturing capacities with the opening of a new facility in Gujarat. Together with its existing plant in Bangalore, the new plant will serve the fast growing demand in India for adhesives in industrial markets.
Arkema Inc. will present its Kynar 500® FSF® and Kynar Aquatec® polyvinylidene fluoride resins used in high-performance coatings, along with Bostik’s hurricane-resistant adhesive products, at METALCON 2017, to be held October 18–21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Marc Schuller is appointed President of the EPCA (European Petrochemical Association) as of October 4, 2017 and for a period of 3 years. Previously Vice President of EPCA, he will succeed Tom Crotty, President of the EPCA since 2014 and Director of the INEOS Group.
Our innovations deserved a dedicated space, an innovative and cutting-edge space to help us understand and experiment with Arkema’s chemistry! So here it is. On Thursday 21 September, Arkema inaugurated L'atelier 4.20 by Arkema in the presence of Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
In 2018, Marty Gregor will celebrate his 50th year in the North American chemical industry. Arkema is pleased to recognize Marty for his many years of success collaborating with customers. Today, Marty is a Senior Account Manager at Arkema, focused on organic peroxides for polymer crosslinking.
Arkema’s Joseph Costa, Senior Technical Service Engineer for fluorochemicals foam applications, will
present “Effects of HFO 1233zd/Pentane Blends on the Performance and Properties of a
Polyisocyanurate Foam System” at the Center for the Polyurethane Industry’s annual Technical
Conference in New Orleans, LA, on Oct. 2, 2017.
Arkema will increase fluoropolymer (Kynar® PVDF) capacity at its Calvert City plant in the United States by some 20%. The expansion is fueled by strong demand in the new energies and water management markets as well as in more traditional applications (chemical process industry and high performance cables). In line with the strategy presented at its recent Capital Markets Day, this investment, scheduled to start mid-2018, further supports Arkema’s ambition to accelerate the development of its advanced materials, one of the key pillars of its future growth.
Odor-Tech LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Arkema Inc. and a world leader in gas odorant manufacturing and supply, has appointed Master Controls Inc., Tri-State Meter and Regulator, Inc., and MarieCo, Inc. as exclusive sales representatives to market Odor-Tech’s natural gas odorant products and Odorflex® services in various states.
Arkema’s Technical Polymers business has published new Guide Specifications on its field-applied
fluoropolymer coatings for cool roof and façade restoration applications. The two guide documents
are prepared according to the Construction Specifier Institute’s (CSI) SectionFormat® to make selection
and specification of high-performance Kynar Aquatec® PVDF emulsion–based architectural coatings
In the wake of the recent flooding in Texas and more specifically on the Crosby site, Arkema reflects on those events. Arkema reaffirms its solidarity with the local community affected by Hurricane Harvey.
At the Arkema Inc. site in Crosby, Texas, there is clear visual evidence that the chemicals in the trailers are degrading but they have failed to ignite completely. We are concerned that, without ignition, we can’t determine if the hazard has been fully eliminated.
Around 5:05 p.m. (CDT), representatives of the Harris County Emergency Operation Center observed multiple dark plumes of smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas. Shortly thereafter, fire was observed at the plant.
At approximately 2 a.m. CDT, we were notified by the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas. Local officials had previously established an evacuation zone in an area 1.5 miles from our plant, based on their assessment of the situation.
On August 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not have authority under its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program to ban the use of HFCs solely for their warming effect.
Arkema Coating Resins has named GE Chaplin of Flemington, NJ, the 2016 North American “Distributor of the Year” for helping
build better relationships with customers, outstanding technical expertise and strong financial growth in the past year.
Arkema is excited to announce a significant update to its Paladin® Soil Fumigant Calculator phone application. The Paladin® Soil Fumigant Calculator is a tool that enables soil fumigant applicators and growers to quickly calculate buffer zone distance and flow meter rate settings for applications of Paladin® soil fumigant in the United States.
The new Neophil™ PVDF hollow fiber ultrafiltration membranes have been granted NSF/ANSI 61 certification for drinking water production. This certification will speed up the commercial development of this membrane technology developed jointly by Arkema and Polymem in the global drinking water market growing by 10 % yearly.
Arkema today announces a project to double its methyl mercaptan production capacity at its Kerteh site in Malaysia to support the strong growth of the animal feed, petrochemical and refining markets in Asia and to strengthen its world leading position in high value added sulfur derivatives.
Presenting its long-term growth strategy at its Capital Markets Day on 11 July, Arkema affirms its determination to speed up its development in specialties, which should account for more than 80% of the Group’s sales by 2023. Confident to achieve its 1.3 billion euro EBITDA target in 2017 and in line with its objectives set out for 2020, Arkema announces ambitious financial objectives for 2023 supported by the announcement of several major investment projects in Asia, its innovation drive to address main societal challenges, and its bolt-on acquisition strategy in adhesives.
Odor-Tech LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Arkema Inc. and a world leader in gas odorant manufacturing and supply, is now the exclusive subdistributor of Technic Eco Services (TES) for O-Scent™ odor neutralizing agents for gas markets in North America.
Arkema, the main sponsor of the Sail for Water NGO, today celebrates the safe return of the crew and the positive outcome of this human and humanitarian adventure. Arkema is committed to universal access to drinking water, and so develops innovative solutions for more efficient and effective filters, which the mission undertaken by the Sail for Water NGO was indeed able to put to the test and validate.
Arkema’s refrigerant business has unveiled three new case studies that illustrate the advantages of retrofitting R-22 systems with Forane® 427A refrigerant, “The Easy R-22 Retrofit™”. The case studies are based on retrofit documentation and were selected to demonstrate the performance of the product in high ambient and other unique conditions that demand outstanding performance.
Arkema announces the acquisition by Bostik of CMP Specialty Products, the flooring and floor preparation business of US based specialist CGM. This business, which generated U$15 million sales in 2016, offers strong synergies with Bostik. This acquisition fits perfectly with Bostik's strategy to expand in the growing US construction market and to offer its customers a complete range of innovative solutions for the flooring market. This acquisition is also fully part of the Group strategy to accelerate its growth in specialty adhesives with bolt-on acquisitions.
On 28 April 2017, Arkema takes part in the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO), this event focuses on the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. The Group, which aims to rank among the best chemicals manufacturers in terms of safety, is stepping up its awareness initiatives, in particular through its peer observation program.
Odor-Tech LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Arkema Inc. and a world leader in gas odorant manufacturing and supply, has appointed Devtech Sales, Inc., a Florida-based natural gas industry manufacturer’s representative, as their exclusive sales representative.
Arkema has just successfully brought on stream new Kynar® PVDF capacities on its Changshu platform near Shanghai. With this 25% increase in its production capacities in China, Arkema, which runs PVDF production plants on 3 continents (Europe, North America and Asia), has consolidated its world leading position in PVDF.
Arkema covers a wide spectrum of resins and additives, with highly diverse chemistries and technologies, to the coating industry. This particular feature and this strength mean that it can adapt to its customers’ specific requirements in a large number of application markets around the globe, while meeting the growing demands of an ever more sustainable chemical activity.
Arkema recently doubled the capacity of their Kepstan® PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone) product line in France and confirms its future investment at its Mobile site (Alabama, United States) in a world-scale PEKK plant expected to come on stream in the second half of 2018.
Arkema Inc., a leader in advanced chemical technologies for high-performance roof coating systems, will be exhibiting its vast array of product offerings at the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company will be presenting such innovative solutions as Kynar Aquatec® PVDF latex, ENCOR® flex polymer binder systems, Coatex rheology modifiers, and Bostik smart adhesives.
Arkema is proudly shining the spotlight on a project that is both innovative and unprecedented: the construction of a wind turbine blade from the Elium® thermoplastic resin. This United States first was made possible thanks to the combined expertise of major players in the chemicals and composites sectors. A collaboration orchestrated by the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and documented on video.
Arkema launches a new website for its three flagship polymer families – Kynar® fluoropolymers, Pebax® thermoplastic elastomers, and Rilsan® high performance polyamides. The website, focused on “extreme materials”, aims to optimize the user experience with rich content and intuitive navigation.
Initiated at the time of its 10th anniversary and in line with its CSR commitment, Arkema has set up an Education Fund, its purpose being to help finance projects put forward by Arkema employee volunteers involved in promoting education. Under this new scheme, the Group backs its employees’ work, involvement and commitment around the world. For this first session launched in January 2017, nine educational associations have been singled out.
Arkema Inc. will present recommended guidelines for estimating the color fade of PVDF-based topcoats for “bright color” architectural restoration and protective coating applications at the SSPC 2017 Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Continuing the effort to capitalize on synergies between Arkema’s fluoropolymer and polyamide product lines, the Technical Polymers business is pleased to announce the addition of new Kynar® PVDF powder coatings.
Nile Polymers Inc., located in Centerville, UT, has recently commercialized a series of cable tie sizes based on Arkema Inc.’s Kynar Flex® PVDF under the trademark Strong-Ty™. These injection molded cable ties are readily available in 4-inch and 8-inch lengths and are manufactured and packaged in a clean room following ISO 13485:2016 procedures. Strong-Ty™ cable tie flexibility can be tailored simply by changing the chosen grade of Kynar Flex® PVDF.
Arkema is investing US$90 million on its Clear Lake Texas site to replace existing acrylic acid production units with modern facilities using the latest available technologies. Thus Arkema will position the Clear Lake site among the most competitive in North America while meeting growing demand in the region.
Arkema completed the acquisition of Den Braven, a leader in high performance sealants for insulation and construction in Europe, on 1st December. With this strong value-creating acquisition, Arkema confirms its long-term ambition for Bostik, and actively pursues the development of its High Performance Materials division.