The Company

American Acryl L.P. is a joint venture owned by Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc. (“NAII”) and Arkema Inc.  American Acryl manufactures acrylic acid at its Bayport, Texas facility for the benefit of its owners.  NAII and Arkema also have manufacturing units at the Bayport facility. The three companies work closely to maintain safe and environmentally responsible operations.

Products & Markets

At American Acryl, acrylic acid is produced by reacting propylene (a product available from nearby petroleum refineries) with oxygen in the air under tightly controlled conditions. The plant runs year-round on a 24-hour schedule. Some of the acrylic acid is consumed onsite as a feedstock for NAII and Arkema, and some is shipped directly to customers of NAII and Arkema. Acrylic acid is used to manufacture numerous personal care and household items, such as hand lotion, detergent, shampoo, acrylic yarn and water-based acrylic paints. Arkema owns a unit at the site that produces 2-ethylhexylacrylate (2EHA) which uses acrylic acid as the feedstock. NAII owns and operates a unit at the site that produces superabsorbent polymer (SAP) from acrylic acid. SAP is the absorbent material inside disposable diapers.

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Community Involvement

Channel Industrial Mutual Aid (CIMA) Program

• American Acryl coordinates with other chemical companies in the area to prepare for and respond to natural disasters or accidents.

Community Advisory Panel (SEACAP)

• local Bayport chemical companies work together with local area residents and businesses to provide education about our safety and environmental programs, answer questions and address concerns on a monthly basis.

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

• American Acryl works closely with local first responders to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

East Harris County Manufacturing Association (EHCMA)

• an association of local businesses cooperate to improve emergency communications and community relations.


• Community Emergency Response Communications Committee

• Community Relations Committee

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Bay Area Economic Alliance

About Arkema:  A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance in lightweight and design materials, biosourced materials, new energies, water management, solutions for electronics and the performance and home insulation.   A specialty chemicals global major, with 3 business segments – High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties, and Coating Solutions – and globally recognized brands, the Group reports annual sales of 7.7 billion euros.  Buoyed by the collective energy of its 19,000 employees, Arkema operates in close to 50 countries.

About Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc.:  Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of super absorbent polymers for baby diapers, water soluble polymers for detergents, and polymers for concrete admixture. It also provides technical liaison and business development solutions. The company was founded in 1988 and was originally based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In June 2012, NAII relocated its super absorbent polymer operation and its NAII corporate offices to the Houston area at a site next to the American Acryl plant. Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd.