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Advanced Bio-Circular Polyamide 11 Polymers

“ABC Materials” are Advanced Bio-Circular polymers derived from renewable castor seeds

January 2024
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Bio-Circular advanced polymers produced from castor seeds. Castor is not only renewable, but it does not compete with the food chain and does not cause deforestation. It is profitably grown by several thousand famers in India. Advanced polyamide 11 materials (exclusively offered by Arkema) offer higher impact resistance than traditional materials produced from fossil fuels while also demonstrating a climate change impact that is approximately 70% lower. Castor seed is a low-risk crop with a favorable sustainability profile – no competition with food, no deforestation, and profitable for the farmers. To support its ABC Materials offer, Arkema is a founding member of the Pragati initiative which has educated and certified more than 6,000 castor farmers to date. Arkema has also commercialized its Virtucycle program – an ad hoc in-house recycling program in collaboration with partner customers.

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Label Date January 19, 2024
By Arkema
From France
Maturity stage Medium and large scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • 70% lower carbon footprint than traditional fossil based polymers. Also, lighter and stronger
  • Fully recyclable - as part of Arkema's ad hoc Virtucycle recycling program
  • Currently educated and certified over 6,000 castor farmers in India over the past 7 years. Have invested over $500 million in recent capacity expansions globally
  • Product carbon footprint is currently less than 2 Kg CO2 equivalent/Kg (see press release here)
  • Produced from a renewable feedstock (castor seeds) instead of traditional fossil fuel oils. Castor seeds are inedible, and do not result in competition with food, neither do they cause deforestation
  • Arkema recently invested 450 M€ in a new plant in Singapore to produce polyamide 11 exclusively from castor oil

The Financial benefits

  • Its 11-carbon repeating monomer structure enables truly differentiated performance compared to its closest rival plastic (fossil fuel based polyamide 12)
  • The combination of performance features of polyamide 11 allow our customers to achieve lower life cycle costs compared to lesser performing or more expensive alternatives
  • Enables the profitable farming of more than 6,000 castor farmers in India (greatly growing to more than 100,000)

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Australia, New Zealand,

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Company Profile


Arkema, un leader des matériaux de spécialité

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Headquarters 92700 Colombes, France
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