Arkema announces a worldwide expansion of its bis-peroxide capacity

  Arkema announces a worldwide expansion of its bis-peroxide capacity

Business Wire

COLOMBES, France -- June 18, 2013


Arkema (Paris:AKE) is announcing a 15% debottlenecking of its bis-peroxide
capacity in both its Spinetta (Italy) and Franklin (Virginia) factories. This
new capacity will allow Arkema to respond immediately to strong demand in the
synthetic rubber crosslinking industry, in particular in Asia, and to support
recent developments in fast-growing markets.

This increase capacity, already effective, is the first stage of a multi-step
plan which intends to grow the global bis-peroxide capacity by 30% by end

With its two brands Luperox^® and Vulcup^®, Arkema is the world leader in the
production of bis-peroxide (Bis-Isopropylbenzene-Peroxide), an organic
peroxide largely used in the crosslinking of rubber in various sectors such as
wire & cable, automotive and footwear. The bis-peroxide market is expected to
grow by some 6%/year in the 3 main regions of Asia, Americas and Europe.

Arkema has recently developed the Luperox^® FreeO grade which provides an
alternative to current crosslinking technologies used extensively today in the
foamed EVA industry, as it has the advantage of producing no strong smelling
and persistent VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), a characteristic which has
become a major expectation especially for footwear manufacturers.

“This new capacity will further strengthen our leadership position in
bis-peroxide. But above all, it will allow Arkema to follow the growth of our
clients, which is expected to be strong especially in Asia. Arkema will also
be able to serve new customers that make the choice to replace traditional
crosslinking agents with more eco-friendly bis-peroxide,” indicated Manny
Katz, Global Group President, Organic Peroxides.

A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is
building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a
responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty
chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges
as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel
preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than
40 countries, some 14,000 employees and 10 research centers, Arkema generates
annual revenue of €6.5 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its
markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.

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