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Arkema’s New Plant Improves Worldwide Supplies of Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate

Published on 2005-12-01. Author : SpecialChem

Arkema has successfully commissioned a new high-content ethylene-vinyl acetate (HC EVA) copolymer production unit at its Balan facility in Ain, France.

Located near major supply and transportation arteries, the Balan plant has the capacity to supply 35% of the European HC EVA market and export 30% of its production outside Europe, in particular to North America and Asia. The new plant has been designed to produce classic HC EVA as well as very-high-content specialty EVA grades.

The new unit cost nearly $57 million and is expected to allow Arkema to pursue its development strategy in growth markets. According to Bernard Roche, group president of Arkema's technical polymers group, the new EVA unit "was built in accordance with the best safety and quality standards. This plant will allow us to assist our customers' developments over the long term."

The safety equipment built into the process is based on the latest technologies and includes a thermal oxidizer that significantly reduces volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions.

Marketed under the Evatane® trademark, Arkema's HC EVA technical polymers are used in countless industrial applications, in particular for the manufacture of hot-melt glues, cables, and multilayer packaging films.

Arkema was launched on October 1, 2004, as a result of the reorganization of Total's chemicals business. Arkema has tremendous potential and counts on the experience and expertise of its 18,600 employees worldwide to create a company of innovation, growth and performance.

With EUR 5.2 billion ($6.3 billion) in sales worldwide, 90 industrial sites in more than 40 countries, and six research and development centers, Arkema is composed of three balanced business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. With its internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

In the U.S., Atofina Chemicals, Inc. is now Arkema Inc. With 2,600 employees, Arkema Inc. reported sales of $1.6 billion in 2004.

In Canada, Atofina Canada, Inc. is now Arkema Canada Inc.

The name Arkema reflects the principles of strength, balance, movement and vitality, as illustrated by the symbol of the arch and the graphics of the logo. In the center of the name, the syllable KEM clearly indicates our activity in the chemical industry and our pride in being in a business that is at the heart of life.

Source: Arkema Inc.

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