Arkema S A is a specialty chemicals and advanced materials company headquartered in Colombes, near Paris, France.
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Arkema is organized into three business segments: Coating Solutions, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products.
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Arkema was created when French oil major Total restructured its chemicals business.
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Since Arkema sold its Vinyl product segment in July 2012, Arkema reorganized its activities into three business segments: High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions.
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Arkema operates through industrial facilities in Europe, North America and Asia and marketing subsidiaries in around 40 countries.
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Arkema has 144 production facilities worldwide, including 61 in Europe, 43 in North America, 40 in Asia and in the rest of the world.
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Arkema has 13 research centers worldwide: 7 in France, three in the United States and two in China.
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Arkema has had a strong presence in China for over 13 years.
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Arkema operates a plant in Crosby, Texas, which flooded during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
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Arkema said it was unable to prevent the possibility of an explosion at the plant, after refrigeration equipment that kept temperature sensitive organic peroxides cold failed due to flooding.
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