The Rhone Valley, the cradle of a global brand
First partnerships with Solvay
Rise of a giant: Rhône-Poulenc
The wedding of the century
The 1990s were marked by the privatization of Rhône-Poulenc and the big split between its pharmaceutical business and its chemical, plastics and fibers activities. The first continued under the name of Rhône-Poulenc until its merger with Hoechst to form Aventis. The latter were united under the banner of Rhodia, which became independent in 1998. The challenge facing the new company was to reduce the debt inherited from the separation from Rhône-Poulenc, while strengthening its presence in specialty chemicals. That objective had been attained at the very time that Solvay was seeking to reinvest the proceeds from the sale of its pharmaceutical business in an ambitious industrial project.
Rhodia joined Solvay in 2011. The new group launched into a high-speed transformation process. Never was any change carried out at Solvay at such an intense pace! Today, scarcely two years after the operation, the new Solvay affirms itself as one of the major players in the global chemical industry.