Inauguration of New Sumitomo Seika Plant on the Arkema Carling Site

  Inauguration of New Sumitomo Seika Plant on the Arkema Carling Site

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COLOMBES, France -- October 22, 2013

Regulatory News:

Yusuke Ueda, Sumitomo Seika CEO, and Marc Schuller, Arkema (Paris:AKE)
Executive Vice President, have today inaugurated the new Sumitomo Seika
superabsorbent plant on the Carling site (Moselle, France) in the presence of
the local and regional authorities.
This major investment, made in partnership with Arkema, will enable Sumitomo
Seika to meet increasing demand for superabsorbents in Europe.

Announced jointly by Sumitomo Seika and Arkema in the spring of 2011, the
investment will raise the overall superabsorbent production capacity of the
Carling facility to 47,000 ton/year.

The construction of this new plant boasts the latest technological advances of
Sumitomo Seika in the field of superabsorbents. Production effectively came on
stream in the summer, and the plant, inaugurated today, is now fully

SAPs, or superabsorbents, are manufactured from acrylic acid and are mostly
used in high-growth market segments such as babies diapers, adult incontinence
articles, and female sanitary products.

The operational launch of this new production plant on the Carling platform
further consolidates Arkema’s position on the site, which now ranks among the
world’s leading production facilities for acrylic monomers.

Since 2008, when it took over Arkema’s superabsorbent business, Sumitomo Seika
has been marketing, from the Carling site, an extensive range of
superabsorbents under the tradename AQUAKEEP^TM.

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 €6.4 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its
markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.

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