Arkema Starts Up Acrylic Acid Reactor in the United States


Arkema has brought on stream a new 90,000-ton per year acrylic acid reactor at its Clear Lake, Texas site. According to Arkema, the site is equipped with the latest production technologies, and the reactor replaces two decommissioned reactors of 45,000 tons each.

This new capacity will enable the company to support the growth of its North American customers in markets such as superabsorbents, paints and coatings, adhesives, and polymers for water treatment and enhanced oil and gas recovery, Arkema stated. This investment of approximately $90 million reportedly consolidates Arkema’s position as the second largest producer of acrylic acid in the region.