ESSSEN, Germany - Evonik Industries, a leading supplier of methacrylate chemicals, has acquired Arkema’s Methacrylate Specialty Esters business. The acquisition was official at the end of 2009. With this acquisition, Evonik enhances its competence in the Performance Polymers business unit as a specialist in methacrylate chemistry and as a reliable global partner within the chemical industry.
The acquisition includes the following products: 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate (2-EHMA), dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (MADAME), and n- and i-butyl methacrylate (n-BUMA and i-BUMA).
These monomers are mainly used for the production of paint and coatings, as well as chemicals for water treatment and plastics additives. The products will be integrated into the VISIOMER® sales range for methacrylate monomers, which comprises of more than 50 monomers. The product VISIOMER DMAEMA will be marketed under the name VISIOMER MADAME™ in the future.