The Arkema Group was created in October 2004, following the reorganization of its former parent company Total's Chemicals branch, and was listed on the Paris stock market in 2006 with headquarters based in Paris, France. As a global leader in Specialty Materials, 90% of Arkema's business are ranked among the top 3 in the world. The Group reported sales of around €8 billion in 2020, and operates in 55 countries with 20,600 employees worldwide.
Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a world-leading technology portfolio to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials -Adhesive solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions- accounting for some 82% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, inter alia, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders.
Arkema China is headquartered in Shanghai. As the second largest national market for the Group, the Chinese market plays a pivotal role. The predecessor of Arkema has launched business in China since 1984 and its business has continued to grow, adhering to the Group's innovation and sustainable development strategy. In China, Arkema has more than 2,900 employees, 10 industrial sites and 2 R&D centers, including the Changshu platform, Arkema’s largest industrial platform worldwide.
Arkema China is committed to promoting business development in China by strengthening its local R&D capabilities, with the aim of providing customers in China and Asia with innovative solutions that meet the market needs of today and tomorrow.
Julie was appointed as President of Arkema Greater China effective July 1, 2021.
Graduated from China Pharmaceutical University, Julie engaged in biochemical research and development at the China Academy of Medical Science before joining Elf Atochem (predecessor of Arkema) in 1994, where she began serving on a number of investment and cooperation projects in China.
In 2002, she joined the High Performance Polymers Business Unit (formerly known as the DPT, Technical Polymers Division). Over the next 14 years, Julie held various marketing and management positions of increasing responsibilities at both the headquarters in France and the Asia Pacific region, which included overseeing the product lines and segments for Functional Polyolefins and Fluoropolymers in Asia Pacific. In 2016, Julie became the Asia Pacific Group President for the High Performance Polymers Business Unit.
Julie’s strong foundation in Specialty Materials in conjunction with her extensive local Chinese and international experience helped Arkema's High Performance Polymers Business Unit to triple sales. She also played a critical role in building up the Business Unit’s R&D strength in the Asia Pacific region and was awarded the 2016 Arkema Global Business Award.
Over more than ten years, Julie took charge of various investment and expansion projects in China for Arkema's Kynar® PVDF and polyamide series products, participated in the construction and development of the Changshu R&D center, led a team to support drafting China’s industry standard for water-based fluorocarbon coatings for construction, and established long-term partnerships with leading players across the solar energy and batteries for new energy vehicle industries, which played a critical role in driving forward the rapid growth of China’s strategic markets and continues to make significant contributions to Arkema's development in Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.