At the forefront of global innovation

Combining companies and leading research centres,  Chemesis  promotes partnerships and technology transfers in speciality chemicals in the fields of composite materials and energy. A summary of these multiple synergies.

80 researchers and R&D actors at Chemesis

A Materials Metallurgy and Processes technological research institute (M2P TRI)

3 nearby international competitiveness clusters

International research laboratories

"To stay competitive, we need to be ahead of the market.  We must constantly innovate in order to be able to offer our customers new products and new formulae".

Franky Smisaert, Director of Total on Chemesis

From the giants’ research structures on the Seveso platform to the cutting-edge companies at Composite Park, industries seeking innovation benefit from Chemesis's unmatched infrastructure and synergies.

  • Arkema's Research and Acrylic Processes Centre

    At Arkema's Research and Acrylic Processes Centre, the teams develop major innovations in the field of specialty chemicals, including acrylic processes.
  • Total's European Centre for Hydrocarbon Resins

    Total has established the headquarters and research centre of its subsidiary, Cray Valley Europe, the world leader in hydrocarbon resins, at Chemesis.
  • M2P TRI

    The Technological Research Institutes develop very competitive technological and economic sectors. At Chemesis, Composite Park houses a Materials, Metallurgy, Process (M2P) satellite branch that works on the acceleration of resin transfer mouldings.

Discover the Fast RTM project

"At Composite Park, the M2P TRI relies directly on the results of Arkema's research to design the vehicles of tomorrow thanks to these new light and resistant resins. "
Gilbert Pitance, General Delegate of the “Pôle de Plasturgie de l’Est” (Plastics Processes Centre of the East)

A regional dynamic of innovation
In Lorraine,  more than 4,500 scientists are distributed in over 80 laboratories performing public research.  This immense scientific potential covers the whole chain of innovation, from basic research to operational experimentation.

  • 3 Carnot Institutes encourage partnerships between public laboratories and companies.
  • 3 regional competitiveness clusters bring together the regional laboratories of companies in order to develop multiple projects: Materalia, Fibres-Energivie and Hydreos
  • 7 research federations bring together regional laboratories around common scientific subjects such as mechanics, materials, energy, and processes.
  • Many technological platforms and scientists make available the means and skills of institutions of higher education and laboratories.

Accessible to industry and researchers, these technological facilities allow production testing, engaging in collaborative scientific projects or testing certain procedures in the course of development.

"This proximity between the various research centres and manufacturing units is ideal for germinating the projects of tomorrow. "
Franky Smisaert, Director of Total on Chemesis

5 flagship products Contact us Performing for tomorrow


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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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