June 16, 2010

Arkema Sustainability Additives interview

There have been quite a few interviews and several conferences this year that I was not able to post in the blog due to schedule and deadline constraint. I'm hoping to catch up eventually this summer and I'll start with Arkema's new Sustainability Additives Group.

The Americas business of French chemical company Arkema officially formed its Sustainability Additives group based in Philadelphia in September 2008 under the company's Functional Additives division.

My interview with the group's general manager, Antonis Papadourakis, resulted an interesting overview of the group's strategies and their definition of sustainability, which according to him, is "the use of methods, systems and materials that won't deplete resources or harm natural cycles."
"We will develop additives solutions for our targeted markets, based on our core technologies (radical generation and control, polymer & material modification, and chemical vapor deposition) that will lead to more efficient use of resources and energy, help manage or create less waste, extend life of existing products and help develop/grow new products to harness new/renewable sources of energy and materials."

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