Thanks to its ambitious policy and strong commitments, Arkema has climbed to 11th place, clinching top spot in the chemical sector, in the Wall Street Journal's ranking of the 100 most sustainably managed companies, in recognition of its ability to create value over the long term.
Today, Arkema successfully placed its first ever Green Bond fully dedicated to the financing of its new world-scale plant in Singapore to manufacture 100% bio-based Rilsan® polyamide 11. For a total amount of €300 million, this Green Bond has a maturity of 6 years and an annual coupon of 0.125%. The offering was more than 10 times oversubscribed.
Kynar Flex® 3030-50 PVDF resin is a highly flexible, high viscosity resin designed for extrusion processing. This new resin is suited for many applications including wire and cable, fuel lines and industrial hoses.
The flexible acrylic sheet, ShieldUp® Flex, gives designers greater freedom to shape their 2D pieces and simplifies the manufacturing processes. Lalou Roucayrol attests to this with his new trimaran, Arkema 4, the glazings use ShieldUp® Flex acrylic glass. A wonderful example for this world premiere, paving the way into many other markets.
The famous Japanese brand specializing in technical footwear and clothing has launched a new version of its iconic "Wave Rider" shoe range, the Mizuno Wave Rider 24. This shoe features Mizuno’s new “Enerzy midsole technology” with their classical "Wave Plate" embedded in the foam. This wave plate is made with our Pebax® Rnew® polymer, a bio-based thermoplastic derived from castor beans.
Bostik reinforces its range of flooring products with the planned acquisition of Ideal Work, an Italian company specialized in high-added value decorative flooring technologies. This project is in line with Arkema’s targeted growth strategy in adhesives, based on cutting-edge technologies which perfectly complete Bostik’s existing offering for the construction market.
The brand new Arkema 4 was launched in the water this morning outside the Lalou Multi Composite shipyard in Port Bloc in the Gironde region, after one year of painstaking work. This Multi50 is the result of close and intense technical collaboration between the Arkema Group and Lalou Multi, partners for now 8 years. With recyclable resins, new adhesives, clean energy..., many innovative materials and technical solutions complement bold architectural choices. Adorned with blue and grey with a touch of red, the new Multi50 is now ready in the run-up to the initial tests and a swift and efficient handover, thanks to a busy and varied sports program.
Partner of the ZEBRA (Zero wastE Blade ReseArch) project driven by IRT-Jules Verne, which brings together leading players and technical centres around an ambitious project addressing the design and production of the first 100% recyclable wind turbine blade, Arkema is strengthening its position as a key player in the thermoplastic composite market with its Elium® resin. This resin is perfectly in line with the circular economy approach that the Group has initiated for both its operations and its products.
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Arkema, a world leader in molecular sieves manufacturing, has appointed Megafarma, the Mexican affiliate of Azelis Americas, LLC as its exclusive distributor to handle sales of molecular sieves in the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) markets in Mexico, effective October 1, 2020. Megafarma will also represent Arkema molecular sieves in the pharmaceutical and food packaging industries.
Arkema announces the start-up of a new world-scale industrial adhesives plant in Japan. Those new capacities will enable Bostik to serve its Japanese customers in the continuously growing markets of diapers, hygiene, packaging, labelling, transportation and electronics. This investment is in line with Bostik’s growth and geographical expansion strategy.
Arkema, a leader in high-performance materials for composites and photocurable liquid resins for additive manufacturing, is strengthening its partnership with Continuous Composites, creator of Continuous Fiber 3D Printing technology (CF3D®). Arkema has invested in the American start-up to rapidly advance the development of 3D composite manufacturing, a groundbreaking innovation for strong, lightweight structures.
Arkema recently introduced a new product, PLASTISTRENGTH® 562 NA process aid, designed to help PVC converters achieve an optimized balance between processing performance and formulation cost. This new product offers consistent PVC fusion and filler incorporation, improved melt strength and reliable processing in both rigid and semi-rigid extruded or calendered PVC products.
Arkema announces the proposed acquisition of Fixatti, a company specialized in high-performance thermobonding adhesive powders. This acquisition will enable Bostik to strengthen its global offering of hotmelt adhesive solutions for niche industrial applications in the construction, technical coating, battery, automotive, and textile printing markets. This project is part of Bostik's targeted growth strategy in high value-added technologies, and is perfectly in line with the Group's roadmap to become a pure Specialty Materials player by 2024 centered around Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions.
Created in an English laboratory during an attempt to originally develop a new sealant, Blu Tack® reusable adhesive has become a mainstay of Bostik’s stationery and craft ranges with over 250 million packs sold worldwide since its launch in 1970.
The EFCTC hosted a webinar on illegal HFC trade, where Oxera Consulting LLP and EFCTC revealed new data showing that the illegal trade could represent up to 34 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (eqT) – or 33% of the legally allowed quota. The recording of the webinar is available online. See link below.
Since a few months, pandemic situation induced a dramatic decrease of phenol demand which reduced the availability of acetone and increased its worldwide price, but also an increase of production and logistics cost.
With the signature of a new agreement last January, Arkema and ‘Sport dans la Ville’ (Sport in the City) are pleased to renew their commitment to the professional integration of young women from priority neighborhoods through the support of the ‘L dans la Ville’ program. The two partners have joined forces through a shared desire to help young women supported by the Association to break down workplace stereotypes and build up their confidence both in themselves and in the future.
Sartomer, a pioneer in advanced photocurable resin solutions, and Paxis, a 3D printing innovator, are co- developing custom materials for Paxis’ WAV™ (Wave Applied Voxel) additive manufacturing process technology.
Arkema is pleased to announce that it has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and is working in partnership with this network to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world.
Jeonju City in Jeollabuk-do announced on June 4 that Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology (KCTECH) signed a business agreement with Arkema, a multinational company headquartered in France, in order to improve the level of carbon composite technology and explore overseas markets.
Arkema announces an innovative and long-term partnership with Nutrien Ltd, the largest integrated agricultural company in the world, for the supply of anhydrous hydrogen fluoride to Arkema’s Calvert City (KY) site. This project has many advantages as it secures a competitive access to anhydrous hydrogen fluoride, the main raw material for fluorine chemistry, it supports the growth of fluoropolymers in the attractive segments of water treatment, electronics and batteries, and it offers greater environmental protection than more traditional production processes.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has honored Arkema’s Calvert City, Kentucky plant with its prestigious Energy Efficiency Award, adding an “Exceptional Merit” designation. According to ACC, this honor recognizes broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements. Arkema Inc. won the award with “Exceptional Merit” in 2019 as well, for its corporate ArkEnergy program.
The combined annual general meeting of Arkema’s shareholders was held on 19 May 2020, at the Company’s headquarters in Colombes, France, under the chairmanship of Thierry Le Hénaff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
ARKEMA is engaged in the fight against illegal imports of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbon gases) into the EU. As a member of the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC), we have just launched a microsite to help raise awareness of the issue and provide actionable solutions. Visit www.stopillegalcooling.eu to learn more! The site provides information to the value chain and other interested parties about how to take action against to stop illegal trade. The intended audience for the microsite is the entire value chain – from manufacturers, traders and distributors to end users and public authorities of the enforcement and regulation side. The microsite is available in 5 languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).
At the online JEC innovation awards ceremony, which took place today, Arkema was twice awarded with its partners for two major innovations in thermoplastic composites for aeronautics and railway applications.
Arkema Inc. contributed hand sanitizer solution to the New York State Office of Emergency Management, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. It is meant for distribution to health organizations in areas that have been hard hit by COVID-19.
The company repurposed a production line at its plant in Geneseo, N.Y. to manufacture 10,000 gallons – enough to fill 110,000 12 oz. bottles – of hand sanitizer solution. This solution, made with the company’s own hydrogen peroxide, was donated to New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, in which the company has key operations. Brenntag and ExxonMobil helped make this possible.
The Group’s results are in line with expectations, in a first quarter marked by the coronavirus outbreak in Asia and its spread to Europe in March. Stripping out the coronavirus impact, the Group’s performance, in a less favorable economic environment than in 2019, was supported by the resilience of Specialty Materials and, in particular, strong growth of the Adhesive Solutions segment. Moreover, the balance sheet and liquidity levels remain very solid.
The current health crisis spares nobody, and every single company is impacted to some degree. Initiated last year by the Arkema Group and the Lalou Multi team, the construction of the new Multi50 Arkema 4 in Verdon-sur-Mer has also felt the fall-out from this crisis: loss of staff, problems in procuring materials, and sanitary measures put in place on a construction site where over 20 people would normally be working. Despite the delay, the construction and assembly of the new trimaran are making steady progress, and the launch of this new machine, under the watchful eye of Quentin Vlamynck, has been rescheduled for July 2020.
Arkema Inc. Oxygénés and Derivatives announces that Brenntag Specialties, LLC is now a distributor for Arkema epoxidized soy bean oil and other specialty epoxides sold under the trade names Vikoflex® and Vikolox®, in the Coating, Adhesive, Sealant and Elastomer (CASE) markets in the U.S.
As members of business and industry worldwide join forces to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Sartomer is actively supporting its partners in the food/beverage and medical sectors that are critical to addressing current global challenges. Supply chain reliability is essential, and Sartomer is dedicated to working solutions to enable the availability of products, operating its four plants around the world, while prioritizing the health and safety of our team members and partners at all times.
Arkema recently introduced a new product, ENCOR® DC 3478 vinyl acrylic, for soil stabilization and dust control
applications where durability, binding and film formation are needed. This resin offers a chemical binding process
aid for use in spray-applied products and is ideal for both topical and full-depth formulations.
At a Strategy Update meeting on April 2, Arkema presents its ambition to become a world leader in Specialty Materials realigned around three coherent businesses with attractive growth prospects: Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions. The Group unveils its roadmap and its objectives for 2024 at this event. In the context of Covid-19, Arkema also provides an update on the management and the consequences of this unprecedented health crisis.
Arkema, a world leader in molecular sieves manufacturing, has appointed Azelis Americas CASE, LLC as its exclusive distributor to handle sales of molecular sieves in the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) markets in certain states of the United States.
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the health situation, Arkema has decided to repurpose a production line in order to manufacture, starting today, 20 tons of alcohol-based solution per week to be distributed free of charge and as a matter of urgency to hospitals in France.
The founding members of the ‘Pragati’ project for sustainable castor crop – Arkema, BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics along with implementation partner Solidaridad – recently met to celebrate the successful results of phase 1 of the project and formally committed to phase 2, which will extend the program until July 31, 2022.
Arkema is carrying out a capital increase reserved for the current and former employees of the Arkema Group in thirty countries, including France (representing 98 % of the employees of the Group). The subscription period will take place from March 6, 2020 to March 19, 2020 (inclusive).
Thierry Le Hénaff drives change at Arkema’s Executive Committee, in particular through a broader and more diversified representation of the Business Lines, with a view to continuing to adapt the Group to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s world.
27 year old Quentin Vlamynck is preparing to take the helm of the future Arkema 4. The youngest skipper in the history of the Multi50 class is taking on this challenge eagerly and with a cool head. Quentin is fully aware of this opportunity and of the hopes vested in him, and he also knows that he can count on the expertise of his mentor, Lalou Roucayrol, and on the many skills of the Arkema Group and the Lalou Multi sailing team. Plenty to look forward to throughout two seasons in the run-up to the legendary Route du Rhum solo race in late 2022.
We went to meet Quentin in the Lalou Multi Composite workshops where the construction of the Multi50 is now on the home straight.
In 2019, Arkema achieved a high-level financial performance driven by specialty businesses in an increasingly challenging economic context. The Group generated a record amount of cash whilst maintaining an ambitious level of investments for its future growth.
Ahead of the next general meeting of shareholders to be held on May 19, 2020, the Arkema Board of Directors, at their meeting today, unanimously decided to propose the renewal of the directorship of Mr. Thierry Le Hénaff, for a period of four years.
Arkema is taking action with an ambitious climate plan that is aligned with the Paris Agreement(1). As such, the Group has set a new strategic environmental objective: to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 38% in 2030 compared to 2015.
From March 3 to 5 (Paris—Villepinte) at JEC World 2020, the Arkema group will showcase its offer of advanced materials and new solutions for increasingly effective composites. These innovations were developed through strategic partnerships to meet changing 3D production technologies and keep up with increasing demand for advanced composites in the construction, transportation, wind and sport sectors.
Coatex, a world leader specialized in rheology, is strengthening its presence in the fast growing water-based polyurethane thickeners market with the recent investment in a new HEUR production line in the USA. This investment contributes to Coatex’s ongoing commitment to bring new solutions and capabilities in support of customers in the coatings and adhesives markets. The construction of this new production line in the USA coincides with the launch of new HEUR products and will ensure Coatex’s ability to meet growing demand for HEUR rheology modifiers.
Arkema, Nexoon, 5M, and IRT M2P join forces to develop a new concept for factory-manufactured “custom” constructions. Each partner will contribute its expertise and know-how in order to validate this innovative construction concept aimed at meeting the needs of individual or collective, high-end or social, housing and also commercial or industrial buildings.
Arkema will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Forane® brand at this year’s AHR Expo in Orlando in February. Arkema Inc. has been manufacturing in the U.S. for over 70 years, bringing high quality products to the HVACR market.
On January 23, 2020, Arkema Inc. filed a petition seeking relief under U.S. antidumping duty laws from unfairly traded imports of R-32 from China. The petition alleges that imports of R-32 from China are sold at less than fair value, causing material injury to the U.S. R-32 industry, and threatening to continue doing so if left unchecked.
Arkema will be exhibiting at the ISPO trade fair in Munich from January 26 to 29, 2020, a must-attend annual event for all professionals in the sports market. The team will present its range of high-performance Pebax® elastomer products. Perfectly aligned with the motto of this year’s ISPO—“Be responsible. Be active. Be creative.”—Arkema is developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the sports market.
On 19 and 20 January 2020 the Palais de l’Élysée celebrates “Fabriqué en France” as part of an exhibition showcasing 120 products or articles emblematic of French know-how, creativity and genius. Among these items is our Rilsan® powder, selected from 1750 candidate products! The exhibition is an opportunity to discover – or rediscover – a 100% biosourced material at the cutting edge of performance, used inter alia to produce 3D-printed parts. This Rilsan® material is far from new, however: a multi-talented product that now features in dozens of everyday applications, it is indeed the result of know-how spanning over 70 years.
Arkema today announced that, effective March 1, 2020, Brenntag Canada will be the primary distributor in Canada for all Arkema waterborne resins sold under the ENCOR®, CELOCOR®, SNAP® and NEOCAR® trade names. These resins are used to formulate products across multiple industries, including architectural and industrial coatings, adhesives, caulks and sealants, construction products, traffic markings and others.
Arkema announces the acquisition by Bostik of LIP Bygningsartikler AS (LIP), the Danish leader in tile adhesives, waterproofing systems and floor preparation solutions. Leveraging its strong brand, LIP is a first-class player in the Scandinavian market, recognized by construction professionals for its high-quality products. With strong geographic and commercial synergies, the project will enable Bostik to offer its customers an extended range of high value-added solutions, while boosting its presence in Nordic countries.
Testing, understanding, adapting, innovating… in order to make materials more efficient, more reliable, safer, faster. These are the values shared by Lalou Multi and the Arkema Group over many years, and the future Arkema 4 Multi50, due to be launched next Spring, reflects this continuity. While the boat’s construction is ongoing, Lalou Roucayrol continues to train its future skipper Quentin Vlamynck through countless real-life training experiences during which the two sailors take on the role of ‘beta-testers’ on many fronts, in particular by working closely with sailmakers Incidence.
It was with huge relief that Raphaël Lutard moored his Mini 6.50 Arkema 3 in the port of Le Marin in Martinique late yesterday, after 18 days 04 hours 09 minutes and 58 seconds sailing solo, in the second leg of the Mini Transat – La Boulangère 2019 race. Plagued by technical glitches throughout the voyage, the 24-year old skipper showed incredible determination and great maturity over the 2,700 mile course between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and Martinique. After clutching 8th place in the first leg, Raphaël truly stepped up to the plate for his very first solo transatlantic crossing.
Arkema is associating with new partners and expanding the use of its high-performance solutions to the 3D manufacturing of composite materials, a major development in lightweight materials. This new technology, which combines the power of 3D printing and composite materials where Arkema has a leading position, will offer new perspectives and new applications in the aeronautics, automotive, energy and construction sectors to meet the growing demand for lightweight materials.
On November 15 Arkema inaugurated, in the presence of Thierry Le Hénaff, the Group’s Chairman and CEO, and Hervé Morin, President of the Normandy Region, a new Global Center of Excellence for 3D Printing within its Cerdato Research & Development Center in Serquigny, Normandy (France). Arkema and the Normandy Region intend this new center of excellence dedicated to additive manufacturing based on high-performance polymers, to be of benefit to companies and training organizations in the region, as part of a collaborative initiative striving for swift adoption of these new production methods.
Sartomer, a business unit of Arkema, has earned special recognition at its Chatham, Va. plant. The site has received “Star” status – the highest safety and health ranking possible – under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). Both of Sartomer’s manufacturing sites in the U.S. are now OSHA VPP “Star” sites.
Arkema, a leader in advanced polymers and liquid resins for 3D printing, is taking steps forward to help customers accelerate additive manufacturing of high-tech parts. The Group has expanded its list of industrial partnerships and collaborative research programs all along the supply chain.