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Arkema to divest its Vinyl Products activities

November 24/2011

(Arkema) -- Arkema presented to the Central Works Council a plan for the spinoff and divestment of its Vinyl Products activities. By refocusing on its specialty activities, namely Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products, Arkema would continue to implement its growth strategy in innovative solutions dedicated to sustainable development and in emerging economies. Accordingly, our Group should assert its place as a major world player in specialty chemicals, explains Thierry Le Henaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Since its creation, Arkema has developed world-leading positions in Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products. At the same time, the Group has initiated a major program to improve the competitiveness of its Vinyl Products business segment.

At the end of 2010, the Group reaffirmed this strategy, and announced its firm ambition for accelerated growth in the specialty chemicals within its Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products business segments, while continuing to boost the competitiveness of its Vinyl Products segment. The pursuit of this strategy in the coming years requires significant investments to secure the long-term success of each of these activities.

Perspectives of development of the polymers markets, pricing issues and other important aspects will be discussed at The Polymers Summit-2011, which will be held in Moscow on November 30, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Summit is organized by MRC with the support of ICIS. The main idea of the Summit is to find a "the golden mean" between producers and converters. When producers receive exactly such margin of production, which helps them to invest in production expansion in order to substitute polymers imports, and the converters receive such price of feedstock that helps them to compete imported finished products. The Summit site gives an access to the live video of the Summit, speakers" presentations, as well as opportunities to ask questions or make appointments to any Summit partcipant.

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