Arkema

France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is aiming to become one of the global leaders in specialty chemicals. With its 14,000 employees and 91 industrial sites in 40 countries, Arkema has a revenue of €6.4 billion.

Arkema and Bioplastics

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a bioplastic made from lactic acid and is used in the food industry to package sensitive food products. However, PLA is too fragile and is not compatible with many packaging manufacturing processes. The Arkema group therefore developed Biostrength® additives, a family of impact modifiers specially designed to enhance the mechanical properties of PLA. Thanks to these additives, PLA can now be used in a great number of applications: transparent or opaque thermoformed packaging, bottle blow molding, injection molding for complex parts, etc.

bioplastics arkema biostrength

Arkema’s sustainable modifiers group is focused on developing innovative sustainable solutions to meet customer needs. Biostrength® sustainable modifiers are outstanding impact and processing modifiers designed to improve the performance of biopolymers, such as polylatic acid (PLA). Biostrength® additives are commonly used to strengthen performance and processability in packaging, thermoformed sheets, and injection molding applications.

  • Biostrength 150

is a high efficiency core-shell impact modifier for polylactic acid (PLA) opaque applications. It is especially effective in durable injection molding applications requiring high ambient and low temperature durability.

Biostrength® 150 impact modifier is recommended for use in PLA for opaque applications or applications that do not require high transparency. Typical use levels range from 2% to 15% by weight. Blends of Biostrength® 150 impact modifier and PLA can be processed in the same equipment and under the same processing conditions recommended for PLA. Prospective clients should evaluate Biostrength® 150 in their own laboratories to establish optimum conditions for use in their processes and applications. Arkema’s Technical Service Team is available to discuss your application requirements, provide formulation guidance and laboratory testing as needed. The Technical Service Team can also provide the current clearances and limitations for use in food packaging applications. More info on Arkema bioplastics biostrength 150

  • Biostrength 280

is an acrylic core shell impact modifier designed to increase toughness of polylactic acid (PLA) while maintaining clarity. It is recommended for use in PLA applications that require toughness and high transparency.

Biostrength® 280 impact modifier is recommended for use in PLA applications that require toughness and high transparency. Typical use levels range from 2% to 6% by weight. Blends of Biostrength® 280 impact modifier with PLA can be processed in the same equipment and under the same processing conditions recommended for PLA. Prospective clients should evaluate Biostrength® 280 impact modifier in their own laboratories to establish optimum conditions for use in their processes and applications. Arkema’s Technical Service Team is available to discuss your application requirements, provide formulation guidance and laboratory testing as needed. The Technical Service Team can also provide the current clearances and limitations for use in food packaging applications. More info on arkema bioplastic biostrength 280

  • Biostrength Advantage

is an innovative composite acrylic core shell impact modifier that imparts outstanding impact performance in polylactic acid (PLA) at low loading levels.

Biostrength Advantage also maintains clarity at recommended levels.Biostrength® Advantage impact modifier is recommended for use in PLA applications that requires
increased toughness and transparency. Recommended use levels range up to 7% by weight (maximum). Blends of Biostrength® Advantage impact modifier with PLA can be processed in the same equipment and under the same processing conditions recommended for PLA. Prospective clients should evaluate Biostrength® Advantage impact modifier in their own laboratories to establish optimum conditions in their processes and applications. Arkema’s Technical Service Team is available to discuss your application requirements, provide formulation guidance and laboratory testing as needed. The Technical Service Team can also provide the current clearances and limitations for use in food packaging applications. More info on arkema bioplastic biostrength advantage

  • Biostrength 700

is an acrylic copolymer that significantly enhances the melt strength of PLA, enabling improved processability in foaming; biaxilly oriented and blown films; melt blown and extruded fiber; and the extrusion and thermoforming of thinned walled sheet.

Biostrength® 700 copolymer is recommended for use in PLA for applications where improvements in melt strength and ease of processability are desired. Typical use levels range from 1% to 5% by weight. Prospective clients should evaluate Biostrength® 700 copolymer in their own laboratories to establish optimum conditions for use in their processes and applications. Arkema’s Technical Service Team is available to discuss your application requirements, provide formulation guidance and laboratory testing as needed. The Technical Service Team can also provide the current clearances and limitations for use in food packaging applications. More info on arkema bioplastics biostrength 700

  • Biostrength 900

is an acrylic copolymer that acts as a metal release agent in PLA, reducing sticking time on processing equipment and improving the flow characteristics of PLA in injection molding applications.

Biostrength® 900 copolymer is recommended for use in PLA for applications where improvements in metal release and ease of processability are desired. Typical use levels range from 1% to 5% by weight. Prospective clients should evaluate Biostrength® 900 copolymer in their own laboratories to establish optimum conditions for use in their processes and applications. Arkema’s Technical Service Team is available to discuss your application requirements, provide formulation guidance and laboratory testing as needed. More info on arkema bioplastics biostrength 900

 

Arkema General Products

  • Adhesives

Throughout the years, changes in resins and glues have fundamentally transformed various sectors of activity, including construction and transportation, as well as a large number of consumer products. Arkema provides practical and economical solutions thanks to its diversified offering and proven expertise.

  • Biosourced Materials

Renewable raw materials represent a strategic opportunity both for the environment and for Arkema’s development. Building on its expertise in castor oil chemistry, the Group develops biobased products and materials derived from plants for wide-ranging markets (footwear, eyewear, cell phones, automotive parts, etc.).

  • Coatings

The Arkema Group is a world leader in raw materials for paints and coatings. Its range of high performance solutions and innovative technologies cover 99% of an ever more demanding market in terms of environmental constraints.

  • Composite Materials

Biosourced resins and liquid resins for thermoplastic composites, latest generation structural adhesives, specialty additives… The Arkema Group offers innovative and custom-made solutions for ever more efficient composites for aerospace, automotive, sailing, sports equipment, and wind power.

  • Health, Hygiene, Beauty

Making health an asset available to everyone, offering men and women the means to live in optimum personal and household hygiene conditions, combining beauty with daily skincare routine. With its extensive and diverse product offering, Arkema advances man’s wellbeing and partners the health, hygiene and beauty sectors.

  • Oil & Gas

Arkema partners its customers in the oil and gas industry at every key moment. The Group indeed offers an extensive range of tried-and-tested or innovative solutions for the various stages of the oil and gas chain both upstream and downstream

  • Sport Equipment

Comfort, light weight, durability… are all key qualities in sports equipment manufacture. Arkema knows this, and combines passion with innovation to accompany trends in clothing and technical equipment thanks to effective solutions. By improving the design of sports articles and materials, the Group stands as a partner at the service of the performance of sportsmen and women. The sports world is becoming more extreme – and needs “extreme” materials.

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