A high-growth region

Located in the Grand Estregion, the largest French border area, Chemesis has access to the whole of Europe thanks to international transport networks. Investors in the platform also benefit from top-notch local industrial know-how.


At the crossroads of Europe

30 minutes from Metz, 2 hours from Frankfurt and 1 hour 15 minutes from Paris by TGV
More than 159,000 cross-border workers

Chemesis is situated in the Grand Est region in the heart of Europe. It is the only region in France to have a common border with 4 countries (Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland) and enjoys privileged cooperation partnerships with its neighbours. Easily accessible, the region is served by an excellent infrastructure network with:

  • 2 main motorways linking the North Sea ports to the South of Europe,
  • 3 airports (Metz-Nancy Lorraine, Saarbrücken-Ensheim, Luxembourg),
  • Connections to the North Sea ports via the Moselle channel,
  • A rail freight platform 40 km from Chemesis and connected to the site.

“The proximity of Germany is an undeniable asset for Chemesis. The global platform of Ludwigshafen is accessible in 1½ hours"
Gilbert Pitance, General Delegate of the Pôle de Plasturgie de l’Est


An industrial campus

52,000 students, 5,000 of whom are in the schools of engineering of the University of Lorraine
3 Nobel Prizes for Chemistry
More than 4,500 scientists in over 80 public research laboratories in Lorraine
6 competitiveness centres

The training offered by the University of Lorraine covers all fields of knowledge, from the hard sciences to law or economics. To meet the needs of industrial companies in the Territory, the establishment has created:

  • 14 large international-calibre schools of engineering,
  • 20 specialized trainings in industry (HND and UTD),
  • 28 qualified training sites for operators.

The local availability of research facilities is also extremely rich with over 80 public research laboratories covering the whole chain of innovation, from basic research to operational experimentation. The University of Strasbourg has not been left behind with 4 Nobel prize winners on its payroll, 3 of which are in chemistry! The latest, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, researcher at CNRS, and a professor of the University of Strasbourg, whose work on the design and synthesis of molecular machines won the prize in 2016.   

All of this exceptional scientific potential maintains close links with the region's socio-economic world, contributing to the global reach of the scientific and chemistry branches of the Grand Est region.

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Excellent industrial know how

A historical industrial basin, the Grand Est region houses many specialized companies, all of which work for major clients. Chemesis also plays host to a village of 100 sub-contractors. The platform can count on these local professional skills both today and tomorrow.

 "The Grand Est region brings together people steeped in a very strong industrial culture."
Gabrielle Kakeldey, Assistant to the Delegate General of the Grand Est CIU

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Key products

  • Altuglas® ShieldUp, the PMMA of tomorrow
  • Elium®, the composite of the vehicle of tomorrow
  • The multifunctional liquid resins of Cray Valley
  • The super-absorbents of Sumitomo Seika

Altuglas® ShieldUp, the PMMA of tomorrow

At the Chemesis site , Altuglas International has designed and produced Altuglas® ShieldUp, a spectacular mesh and nano-structured acrylic plate. On top of everything: a light-weight glazing that combines transparency and resistance, and lends itself easily to complex forms. This ultra-innovative technology opens up innumerable prospects for the automotive, photovoltaic, industrial, and secure glazing sectors in particular.


Elium®, the composite of the vehicle of tomorrow

Both extremely resistant and recyclable, Arkema's Elium® resin permits the construction of thermoplastic composite parts 50% lighter than steel, capable of substituting for the metal. To meet the high rates of the automotive industry, Elium® resin can now be mass-produced. Developed at Composite Park in partnership with the M2P TRI platform, the new FAST RTM (FAST Resin Transfer Moulding) manufacturing process enables the final "net shape" of the product to be obtained in a single operation. In 2017, this facility was rewarded with the JEC Innovation Awards prize.


The multifunctional liquid resins of Cray Valley

At its new Chemesis unit, Cray Valley produces liquid resins based on polybutadiene. These products are used as additives for rubber, adhesives and other speciality products. They reinforce the adhesion of tyres, reduce the thickness of smart phone touch screens, and improve the performance of boosters during rocket launches, for example.


The super-absorbents of Sumitomo Seika

At Chemesis, Arkema operates a super-absorbent polymers (reticulated sodium acrylate polymer) unit, for the Japanese giant Sumitomo Seika. Using gel processes and in inverse suspension, the plant produces a "Hygienic" range intended for the manufacture of sanitary towels and nappies for newborns as well as an "Industrial" range designed for the insulation of underwater cables. The finished product is in the form of a powder with a particle size between 200 and 400 micrometers and whose tremendous absorption capacity is 65 gr./gr.* for the Hygiene range and 500 gr./gr.* for the Industrial.

*in grams of water per gram of product

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