(PRESS RELEASE) COLOMBES, 5-Nov-2021 — /EuropaWire/ — Arkema (EPA: AKE), a French specialty chemicals and advanced materials company, has announced it took part of Verkor’s recent €100 million round thus becoming a shareholder and technological partner of the startup. The French startup is focused on the production of high performance batteries and Arkema’s participation accelerates its batteries strategy in Europe. Arkema is a key player in the business of batteries in particular for electric vehicles thanks to its cutting-edge materials and innovative solutions.
Arkema contributed several million euros to Verkor’s recent €100 million round of fundraising, which will enable the construction of the Verkor Innovation Center near Grenoble, then the launch of the first Gigafactory dedicated to battery production whose construction is expected to start in 2023. The Verkor Innovation Center, which should be operational in 2022, will provide a collaborative space to optimize smart industrial processes and create new generations of batteries.
Arkema is thus joining an ambitious project involving close technological collaboration with leading partners such as Renault Group, EQT Ventures, EIT InnoEnergy, Groupe IDEC, Schneider Electric, Capgemini, Tokai Cobex, and Demeter. The Group will bring its wide range of high-performance materials and products for batteries and will thus participate in setting up an integrated industrial battery production chain in Europe that will enable to meet the expected strong growth in demand.
The development of next generation batteries is a priority area of development for Arkema, which aims to become a Specialty Materials leader offering innovative and sustainable solutions to meet its customers’ challenges. Promoting the development of electric mobility, this project is in line with Arkema’s CSR strategy in particular to support European climate targets.
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