Arkema Acquires Majority Stake in Proionic for Next-Gen Batteries

18.04.2024 - Arkema is set to acquire a 78% stake in Proionic, a start-up specializing in ionic liquids production. These components are crucial for future lithium-ion batteries. This acquisition expands Arkema’s solutions and strengthens its position in the materials sector across various battery technologies.

Proionic, a leading start-up in ionic liquids, was founded by Roland Kalb in 2004 in Graz, Austria. The company’s innovative technologies allow for the synthesis and recycling of these liquids, which are essential for next-gen solid and flexible batteries due to their electrical conductivity and non-flammability.

Armand Ajdari, Arkema's Chief Technology Officer commented, "With Proionic, Arkema continues to enrich its unique portfolio of differentiating technologies, and strengthens its position as the partner of choice for co-developing the safer, more efficient and more sustainable batteries of the future. We are delighted to welcome Proionic's teams to this great adventure."

Arkema’s acquisition of Proionic strengthens its position in the battery ecosystem and expands its high-performance materials portfolio. Ionic liquids, key to Proionic’s success, are used in biomass processing and metal treatment, aligning with Arkema’s sustainable solutions strategy. With €2.5 million sales in 2023, Proionic is expected to grow rapidly due to synergies with Arkema.




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