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.
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.
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.
Eager to sustain its customers’ strong growth, in particular in automotive, 3D-printing, and in consumer goods markets such as sports and electronics, Arkema announces an investment plan of some 300 million euros over five years in the biosourced polyamide 11 chain. This major investment will enable the Group to increase by 50% its polyamide 11 global production capacities. The project falls in line with Arkema’s strategy to speed up its development in advanced materials, one of the key pillars of its future growth, sustained by a unique portfolio of innovations around the main sustainable development trends.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.