Arkema to Implement New Purification Technology
Specialty chemicals company Arkema has announced that it will be implementing a patented purification technology at its coating acrylics production site in Carling, France.
According to the company’s news release, the technology is expected to be fully implemented by 2026 and meant to improve the site’s operational efficiency and environmental footprint.
About the Investment
The new investment will reportedly allow Arkema to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20%, in line with the company’s climate plan, which was validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) on a 1.5-degree Celsius track by 2030.
The release states that the company’s facility in Carling reportedly creates the acrylic monomers used in performance coatings, adhesives, water treatment and other performance materials, that are used to build electronics, electric vehicle batteries, new energies and 3D printing.
The monomers are also reportedly used for household energy efficiency.
“This investment at the Carling facility represents a strong and long-term commitment to support our customers in their growth and sustainability journey,” said Richard Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Coating Solutions.
“After the introduction of bio-based acrylic monomers in 2022 using the mass balance approach, this new project at Carling is another key step to position Arkema as a leader in low carbon acrylic materials, and to help our customers reduce their Scope 3 emissions.”
The €130 million (about $136 million) investment in this purification process is expected lead to more energy efficient and lower carbon intensive operations, improved resources and waste management, as well as a reduction in solvent use, while also allowing for a steady increase in capacity.
In combination with the introduction of bio-renewable feedstocks, the tech is expected to help Arkema decarbonize its acrylic monomers, specialty resins and additives offer.
The new project, Arkema states, is part of a global decarbonization capital spending roadmap and has been funded in part by the French State as part of the France 2030 program, operated by ADEME, as well as the European Union.
More from Arkema
In February, Arkema announced a partnership to open a new lab in France for UV-curable material research.
The new lab, located at the Mulhouse Institute of Materials Science, was part of a collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université de Haute-Alsace.
According to the company’s release, the lab was meant to help accelerate research into photopolymerization, as well as explore new and more sustainable UV-curable materials. This technology reportedly improves energy savings and doesn’t require the use of solvents.
Arkema reports that it has a history of designing and marketing specialty materials for photopolymerization, including through its Sartomer product line and N3xtDimension product line.