10 years of shared Sino-French ambition in silicones
Created in 2007, following the acquisition of Rhodia Silicones by China National Bluestar Corporation (ChemChina subsidiary), Bluestar Silicones is one of the main producer of silicones worldwide. The Bluestar Group’s subsidiary is completely integrated within the whole silicone value chain, from quartz to silicon up to specialty silicones for such as medical, energy and transportation. In 10 years, this Sino-French collaboration, has successfully energized this silicon activity, driven by high growth and very demanding markets in terms of investments in the industry, R&D, or operational excellence.
The French expertise brought its technology and knowledge on specialty activities, the Chinese expertise its capacity, long term industrial vision and global growth strategy in China as well as traditional Bluestar Silicones locations, such as Europe. It has been reinforced in 2011 by an upstream integration and industrial synergies with the arrival of Elkem, global leader in silicon. In practical terms, tens of million euros have been invested every year in the industrial facilities, especially in France and China, qualified jobs have been created and preserved, and the R&D has been strengthened.
"A lot of people were wondering about our future after our company was bought by a state owned Chinese group, less known in 2007. Today, no one doubts the mutual interest of this association. The industrial vision of our Chinese Shareholder, reinforced by our upstream integration with the Norwegian Group Elkem and the French creativity, are why we have the ambition to reach the top 3 of global silicon leaders" declared Fréréric Jacquin, Bluestar Silicones CEO.
Through its two French subsidiaries, Adisseo and Bluestar Silicones, the Bluestar Group employs directly almost 2000 people in France, half of them in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The strong connection that exists between the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the city of Lyon, China and the ChemChina-Bluestar group, have played a great role in this win-win partnership.
A new production workshop to support the development
Fine example of an industry that challenged itself in innovation and new products developments, Bluestar Silicones, major actor in silicone making, invested 15 million euros in 2016 in its elastomer unit on the historic Saint Fons plant. Most of this investment was dedicated to building a new production workshop in performance elastomers, with the first part being operational since September 2016.
Focusing primarily on improving productivity and reinforcing the quality level of Bluestar silicones’ elastomers, this workshop allows a greater production capacity, increased by 50% and provides to higher value-added market such as medical, food and beverages, aeronautics… Furthermore, the high end technologies brought by this investment, especially the automation of operations, also allow a great improvement of working conditions for Bluestar Silicones employees.
About Bluestar Silicones
With worldwide operations headquartered in Lyon, France, Bluestar Silicones is a €525 million worldwide silicones manufacturer. The company is one of the world’s leading fully integrated global silicones manufacturers with more than 60 years of silicone expertise. Bluestar Silicones has manufacturing operations throughout the world and combines upstream silicon metal operations and capacity with downstream silicone market and application development expertise. The company offers a comprehensive range of silicone technologies in support of diverse specialty markets including paper release, textile coatings, healthcare, moldmaking, automotive, aerospace, and personal care. Bluestar Silicones is owned by Elkem AS, Norway.
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