Arkema confirms it is on track to begin production of Amino 11 and its flagship Rilsan® polyamide 11 high performance polymer at the new plant on Jurong Island, Singapore in the first half of next year. This plant, for which production will be 100%-derived from renewable castor beans, represents a 50% increase in Arkema’s global polyamide 11 capacity.
As a leading innovator in amino 11 chemistry derived from sustainable castor seeds, Arkema’s famous range of high performance thermoplastic elastomers has evolved to include a wide portfolio of advanced bio-circular solutions.
On Global Recycling Day, Arkema reviews its involvement in a number of major projects for developing sustainable solutions, as well as its innovations promoting the recycling of finished products and helping the circular economy. These projects are in keeping with its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 12: “Responsible Consumption and Production”.
Arkema will invest to further increase its fluoropolymer production capacities in Changshu by 35% in 2022. Simultaneously, we celebrate the first ten years of successful PVDF production at our Changshu site in China.
For two years, Arkema has worked closely with the Swiss sportswear manufacturer On to design a fully innovative running shoe. It is the world’s first bio-based polyamide 11 shoe, fully recyclable, and sold using a monthly subscription model.
Bostik reinforces its presence in the fast-growing Brazilian construction adhesives market with the planned acquisition of Poliplas, a leader in hybrid-technology sealants and adhesives. This project is in line with Arkema’s targeted growth strategy in adhesives and in high-growth regions.
This new program invites start-ups specializing in advanced materials from around the world to join forces with Arkema to establish a privileged research collaboration and benefit from the Group’s support and technological experience. By providing technical or financial support for these innovations, Start-up Connect will be a strategic component of Arkema’s development within an ecosystem of responsible innovation.
The founding members of the Pragati project for sustainable castor crop – Arkema, BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics along with implementation partner Solidaridad – recently finalized and published the final audited and certified results of the fourth year of their program.
Arkema announces an investment in CMC (Crackless Monomer Company), a joint venture between Bostik and Taiwanese company Cartell Chemical Co, a leading supplier of cyanoacrylate solutions, to accelerate the development and production of high value-added engineering adhesives.
On December 14, Megane Top Co., Ltd. (hereinafter called Megane Top), one of the largest optical retailers in Japan, launched its new eyeglasses FREE FiT made with RilsanⓇ Clear polymer. New collection FREE FiT is now available in Megane Ichiba stores all over the country and online.
Arkema announces the acquisition of Colorado Photopolymer Solutions, a company based in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A., with strong technical expertise in photopolymer formulation for the fast-growing 3D printing market, with applications in the medical, composites, construction and consumer goods sectors.
Arkema starts up its 50% capacity increase of Kynar® fluoropolymer for the lithium-ion battery business at its Changshu plant in China in December 2020, with the first commercial supplies for January 2021.
Arkema joins DJSI World in sixth place in the “Chemicals” category among 114 companies assessed, of which only ten were selected. The Group is thus being rewarded for its performance in sustainability and for integrating its corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach within its development strategy.
Arkema will participate in Formnext Connect, the 2020 virtual alternative of the exhibition, to present its latest innovations in specialty materials for all major 3D printing technologies and to exchange with the global AM community. Through digital seminars, Arkema continues to maintain a close relationship with its customers and partners to support the fast growing 3D printing market and to develop the new manufacturing technologies in these times of a global pandemic.
Arkema leads the Series B investment in Adaptive3D, an innovative company and premium additive manufacturing photopolymer resin supplier. This investment complements our expertise in UV liquid resin material design and our commitment to accelerate 3D printing manufacturing technology development.
Arkema wins the 2020 Pierre Potier Prize for its Elium® liquid thermoplastic resin for wind turbines Elium®,liquid thermoplastic resin, a breakthrough innovation in the composites market that enables the manufacture of 100% recyclable wind turbine blades.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.