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Arkema is a global industrial and speciality chemical company made up of three business segments; Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products. It is present in over 40 countries with 14,000 employees and sales of around Euro6bn (2010). Arkema


The vinyl products unit includes chlorine/soda and PVC, vinyl compounds and pipes and profiles (Alphacan). Industrial chemicals business is involved in acrylics, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), thiochemicals, fluorochemicals and hydrogen peroxide. Performance products unit is involved in technical polymers, additives, speciality chemicals (Ceca), and organic peroxides.


Arkema plans to increase its top-line growth by implementing new plants, a solid pipeline of R&D projects, and a growing presence in Asia. It plans to search for opportunities to build new sites in Asia, aiming to double sales in the region to more than Euro1bn by 2010.


In Europe and the US, Arkema will primarily look to debottleneck and rationalise capacity rather than build new plants. The company believes it can achieve strong growth in Europe and the US without adding too much capital.


Arkema will rely heavily on R&D to kick-start growth and will continue to spend over 3% of its sales on R&D programmes.


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Key Personnel


Chairman and CEO: Thierry Le Henaff

Chief financial officer: Thierry Lemonnier

Managing director (thiochemicals business unit): Philippe Chartres

Executive vice president (vinyl products): Otto Takken

Executive vice president (industrial chemicals): Marc Schuller

Executive vice president (performance products): Pierre Chanoine

Executive vice president (HR & communications): Michel Delaborde

Executive vice president (industrial products): Alain Devic

Executive vice president (strategy): Bernard Boyer

Vice president (raw materials purchasing): Jean-Francois Chesneau





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Arkema Company Structure

Arkema is a global chemical company. Arkema was created from the vinyl products, industrial chemicals and performance products businesses of Total in October 2004. The creation of Arkema reorganised the chemical businesses of Total within a more flexible and reactive operating structure. Petrochemicals will remain with Total because of its synergy with refining. The Arkema unit became an independent company on 18 May 2006.
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Arkema Strategy & Financial Highlights

Arkema is looking beyond its 2006 spin-off from Total, with plans to increase its top-line growth by implementing new plants, a solid pipeline of R&D projects, and a growing presence in Asia. (Edited from: 'Arkema prepares for spin-off with balanced strategy', 'Arkema targets innovation and rapid growth in Asia' and company website). ICIS also provides you with key financial data listed in table form. More about Arkema Strategy & Financial Highlights


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