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 3000 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.
Biographie of the Management
Julie Xiaoyu ZHANG
President of Arkema Greater China
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 Technical Polymers Division). Over the next 14 years, Julie held various marketing and management positions at both the headquarters in France and the Asia Pacific region, which included overseeing the product lines and business units of Functional Polyolefins and Fluoropolymers in Asia Pacific. In 2016, Julie became the Asia Pacific Group President for the High Performance Polymers Business Unit.
Over more than ten years, Julie took charge of various investment projects in China for Arkema's Kynar® PVDF and polyamide products, participated in the established 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 photovoltaic and battery for new energy vehicle industries.
Julie is currently President of Arkema Greater China since 1st July 2021.
She is also the Board Director of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers in China (AICM), providing experience and expertise in climate change, energy& carbon reduction and ensuring a secure and stable supply chain.