Profile: Arkema SA (ARKAY.PK)
18 Dec 2013
Arkema SA (Arkema) is a France-based chemicals company that operates through its three business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products. The Vinyl Products division includes the production of chlorochemicals, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl compounds, as well as downstream converting. The Industrial Chemicals division includes the production of acrylics, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), hydrogen peroxide, fluorochemicals and thiochemicals. The Performance Products division includes the production of technical polymers, specialty chemicals, organic products, additives and agrochemicals. The Company’s products are used in the construction, transport, health, electrical, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, among others. Arkema operates 120 facilities and over 80 production plants throughout Europe, North America and Asia. In December 2007, the Company's coagulant business for water treatment was acquired by Kemira Chimie S.A. in France, and Kemira Iberica SA in Spain. The acquired Arkema's coagulant business includes three production units located in France and Spain. In August 2009, Arkema announced that it has acquired a monomere acrylic production site in Clear Lake (Texas) and latex acrylic activities (UCAR Emulsion Systems) from The Dow Chemical Company. In January 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of the acrylic acid and esters business, and the UCAR Emulsion Systems specialty latex business of The Dow Chemical Company. In October 2010, the Company acquired PIEZOTECH.
Vinyl Products consists of four business units: Chlorine/Caustic Soda, PVC, Vinyl Compounds, and Pipes and Profiles (Alphacan). Its integrated activities range from brine electrolysis to PVC processing and encompass the manufacture of chlorine and caustic soda, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), chloromethane, chlorine derivatives, PVC and vinyl compounds, as well as the downstream processing of pipes and profiles.
The Chlorine/Caustic Soda business unit encompasses membrane cell, diaphragm cell and mercury cell electrolysis processes and the products immediately downstream, including VCM, chloromethane and chlorine derivatives. The PVC business unit produces general purpose and specialty PVCs. Some of the Company’s PVC production is earmarked for captive use by Alphacan and the Vinyl Compounds business unit. The Vinyl Compounds business unit manufactures and markets an array of ready-to-use products, made by blending PVC and various additives, including plasticizers, stabilizers and dyes. The PVC and some of the additives are sourced from Arkema plants. The Pipes and Profiles business unit specializes in PVC extrusions and consists of a group of subsidiaries under the Alphacan banner.
Industrial Chemicals encompasses five business units that produce intermediates: Acrylics, PMMA and Methacrylics, Thiochemicals, Fluorochemicals and Hydrogen Peroxide. Arkema has production units in Europe and North America for most of its major products, such as acrylic acid, methyl methacrylate, PMMA, fluorochemicals, hydrogen peroxide and sulfur derivatives. The Company also has operations in Asia, including local production facilities for fluorochemicals, hydrogen peroxide and PMMA.
The main Acrylics products are acrylic acid and its derivatives, especially acrylic esters and superabsorbents, oxo alcohol, phthalic anhydride and dioctyl phthalate. The main markets for these products are coatings, plastic additives, water treatment, paper and adhesives. The PMMA business unit spans methyl methacrylate through PMMA production. Altuglas International has operations worldwide and two brands, Plexiglas in North America and South America and Altuglas in the rest of the world. Its main products include PMMA granules and cast or extruded sheets, which have applications in a variety of markets, including the construction, automotive, plumbing, store sign, electronics and home appliance industries.
In addition to sulfur chemicals, Thiochemicals makes other product lines, such as amines, oxygenated solvents and rubber additives, which are produced by MLPC International, an Arkema subsidiary. Its primary markets are animal feed, polymers, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, natural gas odorants, solvents and petrochemicals. Thiochemicals has production facilities in Europe and the United States. Fluorochemicals produces and markets a range of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) under the Forane brand. These products are usually used in refrigeration and foam applications. They are also the monomers for the manufacture of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The Hydrogen Peroxide business unit comprises three product lines: hydrogen peroxide, chlorate and sodium perchlorate, and hydrazine hydrate and its derivatives. Hydrogen peroxide is primarily used in the pulp, chemical (including organic peroxides), textile and electronics industries.
Performance Products comprises three business units: Technical Polymers, Specialty Chemicals (CECA) and Functional Additives. Technical Polymers comprises three main product lines: specialty polyamides, PVDF and functional polyolefins, which are marketed under brands, such as Rilsan, Orgasol, Pebax, Kynar, Lotryl, Lotader and Orevac. The Specialty Chemicals subsidiary, CECA, is organized around two segments. Based mainly on specialty chemicals, surfactants/interface agents are used chiefly in detergents, oil and gas production, asphalt and fertilizers. Adsorption/filtration covers inorganic products, such as Siliporite molecular sieves, diatoms, Acticarbone active carbon and perlite, which are used mainly in the building, agrifood, pharmaceutical and environmental protection segments. The Functional Additives business unit comprises a number of product lines, including Luperox polymerization initiators, PVC additives, coating additives and catalysts.
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