Arkema increases its specialty biopolyamides global capacities

arkemaArkema, the French company created in 2004 following the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch, continues to expand its specialty polyamides production capacities in China and the United States, in order to support its customers’ growth around the world, in particular in the sports, consumer electronics and automotive markets,

In China, at its Zhangjiagang site (Jiangsu Province) specialized in biosourced specialty polyamides, Arkema is increasing its compounding capacities and in 2017 will bring on stream two production lines to manufacture polyamide 11 in addition to polyamide 10 already produced on the site. Rilsan® polyamide 11’s outstanding properties in terms of resistance to impact and to chemicals, light weight and easy processing make it a choice material to fulfil customers’ specific needs in the automotive, consumer electronics and sports sectors.

With these developments and other investments made in recent years on the site amounting to €10 million overall, Arkema is significantly consolidating its offering together with the flexibility of its manufacturing plants in Asia for biosourced polyamides marketed under the trade name Rilsan®.

In the United States, a new investment in the Birdsboro site (Pennsylvania) will enable the manufacture of new Pebax® biosourced grades for the sports and electronics market. Hence Arkema is complementing its Pebax® thermoplastic elastomer range particularly sought after for their light weight, impact resistance, sturdiness and flexibility at temperatures as low as -40°C.

These investments are part of the development of the Group’s research and growth platforms related to weight reduction of materials, design of materials, solutions for electronics, and the development of biosourced products.

A specialty chemicals global major, with 3 business segments – High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties, and Coating Solutions – and globally recognized brands, the Group reports annual sales of 7.7 billion euros.


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