The national leader in chemicals, Arkema, which reported sales of €6.1 million in 2013, has just announced the creation of a center for the treatment of liquid waste in Pierre-Bénite, south of Lyon.

Arkema, a partner and key player in the competitiveness cluster Axelera, makes specialized products for the consumer goods, transportation, energy, plastics and chemical industry markets.
The company currently employs 6700 people in France, directly or via its subsidiaries.

Integrated in the Pierre-Bénite platform, the Arkema research center in Rhône-Alpes (CRRA), established in 1948, is one of Arkema’s 10 R&D centers around the world, with a special focus on energy management.
The new treatment center will handle the decontamination of urban and industrial wastewater with a certain load of pollutants. The liquid waste also contains organic or chemical elements that can be harmful to the environment.

In the past few years, this type of treatment has seen strong growth as part of strategies for sustainable development around the globe.

This is why Arkema has also just signed an R&D partnership agreement with the Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ) to develop a new electrolyte for the batteries of electric vehicles.