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.
Driven by continued strong growth in the lithium-ion battery market for electric vehicles, Arkema will increase the capacity of its high-performance polymer PVDF dedicated to this market at its Changshu plant by approximately 50 percent. The investment further supports the Group’s ambition to accelerate growth in Advanced Materials
Arkema has successfully brought on stream a new production line for ultra-high performance polyamide 12 powders at the Mont plant in France. The Group thus increases its global capacity by over 50% to support the increase in demand for fast-growing niche industrial applications, in particular in the coatings, personal care, composites and 3D printing markets.
Arkema announces a project to acquire Lambson, a company specializing in photoinitiators for curing, a technology meeting the demands of cutting-edge markets such as electronics, 3D printing, digital ink, composites and high performance coatings. These solutions will complement the offering of Sartomer, a global leader in photocure resins, while helping speed up its development in this fast-growing market. This deal will further strengthen the share of specialties in Arkema’s product portfolio, in line with its long-term ambition.
Arkema has chosen the location of Jurong Island in Singapore to build its new world-scale plant dedicated to the manufacture of the amino 11 monomer and its flagship Rilsan® polyamide 11 resins. With this 50% increase in its global capacities announced in July 2017, the Group supports strong demand from its customers in Asia for high-performance bio-sourced solutions addressing the major opportunity of material lightweighting in particular.
Arkema has successfully started up the 30% capacity extension of its photocure advanced liquid resin production plant in Nansha, located south of Canton, China. Inaugurated today, this new production line will help to meet the strong demand in Asia in the electronics, 3D printing, adhesives and inkjet printing markets. This investment supports Sartomer’s strategy to develop cutting-edge solutions for advanced and sustainable curing technologies.
Effective 1st June 2019, Thierry Parmentier will be joining Arkema with a view to taking up the post of Executive Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Communication on 1st July, replacing Michel Delaborde who will be retiring. Thierry Parmentier will also join the Executive Committee.
Arkema has successfully started up a Kepstan® PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone) plant at its site near Mobile (Alabama – United States). Inaugurated today, this investment is a new step in Arkema’s ambitious growth strategy in high-performance polymers and advanced materials, the development of which is supported by the Group’s cutting-edge technologies in search of solutions for sustainable development.
Arkema has joined the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program, bringing a very high performance polymer to the program. The new PVDF-based filament is specifically designed for printing highly technical 3D parts that require extreme performance.
At the JEC Innovation Award ceremony on March 13, 2019, Arkema received first prize in the "Construction" category for its innovation entailing glass fiber-composite reinforcement for concrete and composite cables for prestressed concrete made with the Elium® resin.
Arkema is one of 15 global suppliers recognized by the famous German car-maker for innovation, specifically in high performance polymers derived from sustainable castor oil. Our leadership role in the Pragati initiative played a major role.