GLOBAL LEADER IN POLYACRYLAMIDES

SNF is a privately-held, specialty chemical company based in the Rhone-Alpes region of France, with a long-standing presence on every continent.  With 23 production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, and America, with a production capacity of 1,190,000 tonnes, SNF has the largest polyacrylamide production capacity in the world.

As a leader in manufacturing and processing water-soluble polymers (based on polyacrylamide), SNF has developed a range of more than 1,000 products that help preserve our natural resources, encourage recycling, and improve efficiencies of industrial processes.  Our polymers are used in all markets where water is present:  drinking water production, wastewater treatment, sludge dewatering, oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture, and the manufacture of paper, textiles, and cosmetic formulations.

SNF products are sold into 130 countries, across every sector of the economy, with 51 subsidiaries located in more than 40 countries, in 3 major economic regions (The Americas, Europe, and Asia).

With a long-term strategy focused on innovation and investment, SNF maintains a high level of R&D expenditure along with continual investment in improving and expanding its production sites.  As a result, SNF now accounts for almost half of all global polyacrylamide production, which underscores the effectiveness of this innovation and investment policy.



1,000+ Products to Fit Your Needs

SNF products include powders, emulsions, liquids, dispersants, and beads that are produced with various chemical properties (anionic, non-ionic, and cationic) and many different molecular forms (linear, branched, cross-linked, comb, and star).  Our knowledge in combining these different characteristics gives us the ability to tailor our products to specific applications and the specific requirements of end-users.

Diverse Product Range

In addition to PAM, SNF also produces related specialty chemicals such as coagulants, which are used primarily in water treatment, and monomers.  SNF also manufactures dispersants, which are used in the paper, household products, and mining industries; mining reagents, which are used in the minerals processing industry; and equipment that facilitates the utilization of PAM.

Stewardship

SNF’s products help preserve natural resources.  Likewise, our manufacturing processes are designed to minimize the environmental impact of our operations. Our primary monomer is therefore produced enzymatically at room temperature under atmospheric pressure. Given the volumes involved, this biological catalytic process makes us a pioneer of soft chemistry.

SNF is constantly improving its processes to protect the environment, and many changes have been made in our factories to limit waste and discharges.  Processes that consume large quantities of water have been eliminated, thus reducing water consumption for each product in the space of ten years.  Furthermore, rinsing water is partially re-circulated through the installation, thus lowering the required volumes by 70%.  The choice of processes, installation design, and employee training ensure that production activities are extremely safe.

SNF Framework for Sustainability

  • Conceive new safe and efficient technologies respecting the environment
  • Reduce the impact of the production site on the environment
  • Preserve resources, minimize waste and treat it without risk for the environment
  • Cooperate with our customers and the authorities to conceive and perfect our products while minimizing their impact on health and the environment
  • Develop high-performance methods
  • Train personnel in industrial safety and environmental protection techniques and attitudes.

Growth that Respects People and the Environment

SNF aims to be a key player in the water treatment sector and all related applications.  The many initiatives we have undertaken in recent years to promote Sustainable Development, particularly in the environmental, social, and economic fields (energy balance sheet, carbon balance sheet, sustainable development report, social balance sheet, etc.), are closely related to our business activities.

Our policy on Sustainable Development is based on our pledge to deliver on our key commitments to:

  • Operate in accordance with applicable environmental laws and regulations, as well as all other applicable requirements at the social and economic levels
  • Develop a culture of integrity, loyalty, and honesty
  • Minimize the environmental impacts of our activities by optimizing our energy consumption (gas, electricity, and water)
  • Promote measures aimed at preventing environmental degradation, limiting our carbon footprint, and reducing our dependence on natural resources
  • Raise awareness among employees and partners and encourage them to conduct their activities responsibly
  • Provide training tailored to the requirements of each job
  • Communicate and inform, both internally and externally, the impact of our activities
  • Adhere to values inspired by fundamental principles set forth by the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the United Nations Global Compact

Delivering on these commitments requires periodic performance reviews, which are published regularly through information and communication campaigns for all employees and partners.

As part of our continuous improvement and prevention process, our goals are periodically reviewed and revised based on results achieved, new scientific knowledge, available technologies, and changes in the economic and social environments.

To achieve these goals, we have defined and implemented Management Systems to ensure compliance with environmental, social, and economic standards.

~ Pascal Remy, CEO & Chairman



Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)



SNF's Commitment to Sustainable Development

Reducing the environmental footprint of the Group’s activities is a major commitment.  To achieve this, SNF has changed its industrial practices to limit its emissions and optimize consumption.

World population growth and global living standards lead to increased consumption, resulting in scarcity of raw materials, including water.  SNF’s main activity is water treatment.  Population growth, urbanization, and irrigation associated with production agriculture all have a significant impact on water demand and access to clean drinking water supplies – a major challenge of the 21st century.  A leader in the manufacturing and application of water-soluble polymers, SNF Group has developed a portfolio of over one thousand products that help preserve our natural resources, promote recycling, and improve efficiencies of industrial processes.

Products produced by SNF see use in all areas where water is present, namely drinking water production, wastewater treatment, sludge dewatering, oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture, paper, textiles, and cosmetics.  SNF puts chemistry at the service of nature since our products play an important role in preserving our environment and ensuring access to energy.  In this way, our products improve the daily lives of everyone, everywhere in the world!



GLOBAL INITIATIVES

KEY COMPETITIVE STRENGTHS

Leading Market Position

Leading Market Position

SNF is the leading polymer manufacturer and supplier in all fields where water treatment is required: drinking water production, wastewater treatment, sludge dewatering, oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture, and the manufacture of paper, textiles, and cosmetics.

Large Product Range

Large Product Range

SNF has developed a range of more than 1,000 products that help to preserve our natural resources, encourage recycling, and improve efficiencies of industrial processes.

Production Investment
to Meet Demand

Production Investment
to Meet Demand

SNF has developed a long-term strategy focused on innovation and investment.  SNF maintains a high level of R&D expenditure alongside constant investment in improving and expanding its production sites.

Local Technical
Sales Coverage

Local Technical
Sales Coverage

51 subsidiaries located in more than 40 countries in 3 major economic areas (the Americas, Europe and Asia) enable us to sell our products in 130 countries across every sector of the economy.  Located as close as possible to our clients, SNF provides a globally unparalleled security of supply of polymers.

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Security of Supply

Security of Supply

With 21 industrial sites and 7 primary manufacturing sites strategically located closest to the regions where our products are in highest demand, SNF is able to provide the shortest lead times possible to need customer demand.

Global Sales Effort
Across Market Segments

Global Sales Effort
Across Market Segments

The SNF Sales Team of approximately 420, spans 4 continents and 130 countries and is coordinated by a global industry specific management team to address all market needs.

Research and Field
Application Expertise

Research and Field
Application Expertise

With 380 Scientists/Laboratory Technicians, 200 Field Technicians, and 100 Engineers; R&D, Engineering, and Innovation are at the Heart of our Strategy.

Privately Held and
Independent Company

Privately Held and
Independent Company

SNF, founded in 1978, has developed a strategy of organic growth and reinvestment that could not be achieved by a publicly traded corporation.  SNF is committed to continuously maintaining it’s privately held status.

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