Arkema is a French company with headquarters in Colombes.
The company is engaged in the manufacture of various petrochemical products. In Arkema around 14,000 employees. The company was founded in 2004 from a spin-off from the French company Atofina, which resulted from the chemical companies of the two companies TotalFina and Elf.
In 1983 the company Atochem through the reorganization of all the chemical activities of Elf Aquitaine and the acquisition of ATO Chimie ( Aquitaine Total Organico ), Chloé Chimie and partly the PCUK (Produits Ugine Kuhlmann Chimiques ) was created. A few years later, in 1990, Orkem was split and taken mainly from the Atochem, only the specialty chemicals went to Total. In addition, Atochem absorbed in the same year Mont Edison Hydroperoxidesparte.
Following the merger of Total and Elf, 1999, the chemical activities were outsourced as Atofina a year later. 2004 saw the creation of Arkema. The agro chemical was sold in 2007 as Cerexagri to the Indian company United Phosphorus.
2012, the PVC sector with production facilities in Berre (PVC), Balan (PVC), Saint- Fons (PVC), Saint- Auban (PVC), Fos -sur -Mer was ( vinyl chloride), Lavera ( chloromethane, vinyl chloride) and Vauvert (brine) sold for a symbolic € 1 each to Klesch, which, however, in March 2013 so went into bankruptcy.