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Jay Reyher Appointed Regional Group President for Arkema’s Technical Polymers Group

Published on 2005-05-27. Author : SpecialChem

Arkema Inc. recently announced the promotion of Jay Reyher to regional group president for technical polymers and worldwide general manager for fluoropolymers. Mr. Reyher succeeds Frank Tortorici who has assumed responsibility for Arkema's organic peroxide operations.

Mr. Reyher has served Arkema and its predecessor companies since 1998, first as business manager for PET catalysts and glass coatings, then as general manager for coatings and epoxides, and most recently, as business director for methionine intermediates and derivatives.

Alluding to Arkema's spinoff from Total planned for spring 2006, Reyher noted, "the technical polymers group is a strong and very important business for Arkema, where I expect continued growth will make it important to the future value of our company."

Prior to joining Arkema, Mr. Reyher held positions at Avery Denison and at Hercules, Inc., where he was involved in a number of different businesses, including polymers. In all his endeavors, Reyher has shown strong marketing skills and an orientation toward growth. Arkema's technical polymers group manufactures and markets Kynar 500® resin-based coatings, Rilsan® polyamides, Kynar® PVDF fluoropolymers, and a number of other branded polymers.

Arkema was launched on October 1, 2004, as a result of the reorganization of Total's chemicals business. Arkema has tremendous potential and counts on the experience and expertise of its 19,300 employees worldwide to create a company of innovation, growth and performance.

With EUR 5 billion ($6 billion) in sales worldwide, 90 industrial sites in more than 40 countries, and six research and development centers, Arkema is composed of three balanced business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. With its internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

In the U.S., Atofina Chemicals, Inc. is now Arkema Inc. With 2,600 employees, Arkema Inc. reported sales of $1.6 billion in 2004.

In Canada, Atofina Canada, Inc. is now Arkema Canada Inc.

The name Arkema reflects the principles of strength, balance, movement and vitality, as illustrated by the symbol of the arch and the graphics of the logo. In the center of the name, the syllable KEM clearly indicates our activity in the chemical industry and our pride in being in a business that is at the heart of life.

Source: Arkema Inc

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