Bostik, Arkema’s Adhesive Solutions segment, launched a new online hub dedicated to construction professionals, in particular applicators, the Bostik Academy. This free and user-friendly platform, which has attracted over 15,000 visitors in a month, provides a broad range of information on flooring and sealing applications, and all the content Bostik customers need to create smarter solutions for their construction projects.
In a context strongly marked by the pandemic, the Group’s EBITDA margin remained robust at 15.0%, supported by the resilience of its Specialty Materials  and by the rebound in volumes in the fourth quarter (+5% vs Q4’19).
Arkema is well positioned to take advantage of the recovery in 2021 and beyond, thanks to the benefits of its strong balance sheet and its focus on sustainable and high performance Specialty Materials.
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.
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.
From January 28th to 29th, the 10th China Charity Festival, one of the most influential charity annual events, was held in Shanghai. Arkema, the global leader in specialty materials was awarded “2020 CSR Industry Model”, for its outstanding contributions in corporate social responsibility. The award recognizes Arkema’s sustainable development strategy and its efforts in actively practicing CSR projects in China according to local needs. Ms. Daria Gong, Head of Corporate External Communication, Arkema Greater China, attended the ceremony.
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.
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.
From November 27th to 29th, Arkema-ArrMaz, an Arkema company and a global leading phosphate aids manufacturer, exhibited at 2020 China Phosphate Fertilizer & Compound Fertilizer Exhibition (CPCF), the 21th Homemade Hight Analysis Phosphate Fertilizer & Compound Fertilizer Trade Fair for the first time, on booth #N5 B-20, International Convention Center of Qingdao Cosmopolitan Exposition. At this exhibition, Arkema-ArrMaz presented its advanced products and technical solutions in phosphate aids, and had heated discussions with professionals in local fertilizer community to have a deep insight into market demands, so as to contribute to the further development of its brand and products and support the rapidly growing Chinese fertilizer market.
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.
On November 19, the 7th Corporate Social Responsibility Awards Ceremony sponsored by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) was held in Nanjing. Arkema (China) Investment Co., Ltd Changshu Branch was granted the MNC award “Leadership in CSR & Sustainable Growth”. This is the second time that Arkema has won the award since 2019, reflecting Arkema’s firm determination to adhere to the sustainable development strategy and actively drive corporate social responsibility projects in China.
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.
On November 12th, Arkema, the global leader in specialty materials, announced that it has officially joined One Foundation’s Clean Water Project 2020 charitable initiative, which aims to improve the drinking water environment of schools in need in rural areas of Yunnan Province, and enhance students’ drinking water hygiene and health awareness. The project aligns with Arkema Group’s sustainable development strategy and CSR policy, and is another major step towards deepening Arkema’s CSR in China based on local conditions. The opening ceremony was held at Baishiyan Primary School, Zhicun Town, Mengzi City, Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, and was attended by Mr. Fuzhou Li, Deputy Director of Education Bureau in Mengzi City, Miss Wei Yang, Supervisor of Student Financial Asistance Center in Education Bureau in Mengzi City, Xuelian BAI, Deputy Mayor of Zhicun Town Government, Mr. Baoshu Yang, Principle of Central Primary School in Zhicun Town, Mr. Jiankun Liu, Principle of Baishiyan Primary School, Mr. Mingtao Wei, Project Director of One Foundation, Mr. Xavier Durand-Delacre, Senior Vice President of Arkema Asia Pacific and President of Arkema Greater China, Dr. Morgan Chen Ma, General Manager of Arkema-ArrMaz China.
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.
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.
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, the global leading specialty materials company, is exhibiting at China Composites Expo 2020 for the first time from September 2 to 4 (booth #1 A913, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center). At this exhibition, Arkema presents its advanced materials and new solutions in composites. Through strategic partnerships, Arkema facilitates continuous innovation to meet changing 3D printing technologies and keep up with increasing demand for advanced composites in the construction, transportation, wind and sport sectors.
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.
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.
Arkema, the global leading specialty materials company, is exhibiting at TCT Asia 2020, Shanghai, from July 8 to 10 (booth # E5-E71). At this exhibition, Arkema will present its latest innovations in advanced materials for all major 3D printing technologies: UV curing, powder bed fusion and filament extrusion, addressing the fast growing market in China and enabling the disruptive development of next generation applications.
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.
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.
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.
April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. In the special context of the prevention and control of COVID-19, under the theme of “Safety on the way”, Arkema mobilized its production sites to carry out various characteristic themed activities of World Day for Safety and Health at Work to improve employees’ safety protection awareness and further ensure production safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.