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Arkema China History (1984-2023)

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.

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. In China, Arkema has more than 3,000 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.


Our history (1984-2023)

Arkema’s business has continued to grow through a number of investments in construction and selective acquisitions, adhering to the Group's innovation and sustainable development strategy.


  • Kynar® fluoropolymer Expansion(Changshu)
  • Bio-based speciality polyamides comes on stream (changshu)
  • Upgrade CSR brand in China, a brand-new theme – Green Life for a Sustainable Future (March, 2023)


  • Finalized the acquisition of Ashland’s Performance Adhesives business (February,2022)
  • Acquired Shanghai Zhiguan Polymer Materials (February, 2022)
  • Partnered with Zhejiang University in hydrogen energy storage and transportation development(November, 2022)


  • Bostik invested in a joint venture with Cartell Chemical Co (January,2021)
  • Announced an increase for Kynar® fluoropolymer capacity at its Changshu site (February,2021)


  • Starts up 50% capacity increase of Kynar® fluoropolymer for the lithium-ion battery business at Changshu plant (December,2020)
  • Joins Clean Water Project Initiated by One Foundation (November, 2020)
  • Announces the acquisition of Fixatti (July, 2020)



  • Completes the acquisition its partner's stake in Sunke (September, 2019)
  • Launches brand Pavilion at Alibaba 1688 (May, 2019)
  • Completes the acquisition of ArrMaz (May, 2019)
  • Starts a 30% photocure resin production capacity increase at Sartomer Guangzhou (April, 2019)



  • Launch flagship store at Alibaba 1688
  • Expands Changshu R&D center



  • Expands Changshu R&D center (July, 2018)
  • Launches flagship store at Alibaba 1688 (May, 2018)



  • Finalize the acquisition of Bostik, the world's No.3 in adhesives



  • Acrylics acquisition in China - Creation of Sunke, a joint venture with Jurong Chemical



  • Startup of Arkema Coating Resins Emulsion Plant
  • Opening of Arkema Changshu R&D Center



  • Acquired 2 Chinese companies: Casda and Hipro
  • Shanghai Arkema Gaoyuan Chemical was fully owned
  • Decided to build a research center in Changshu



  • Arkema Changshu VF2/PVDF production started
  • Changshu Coatex Additives production started
  • Fulfilled the acquisition of Cray Valley Coating Resins and Sartomer



  • Arkema Daikin Advanced Fluorochemicals (Changshu) proudction started



  • Production capacity doubled in Arkema Shanghai Hydrogen Peroxide



  • Arkema (Changshu) Resichina Polymers production started



  • New Organic Peroxides production unit in Changshu started



  • New plant of Arkema Beijing Chemical in Tongzhou


  • Arkema Beijing Chemical was fully owned



  • Arkema Shanghai Hydrogen Peroxide JV production started
  • Fluorochemicals & Polyamide production started in Changshu
  • Arkema (Shanghai) Distribution started
  • Shanghai Arkema Gaoyuan Chemical production started



  • Shanghai Arkema Gaoyuan Chemical JV started
  • Arkema Changshu project started



  • Arkema Shanghai Hydrogen Peroxide JV started



  • Arkema Beijing Chemical JV started



  • Started operation in China