Global platform for future growthApr 18, 2012 14:32 CEST
AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals (formerly Eka Chemicals) has developed a new business strategy and management team that became effective April 1, 2012. The name change reflects a move of focus within the business strategy, in which technologies and global markets form the basis for future growth.
The name Eka will stay as a product brand for the pulp and paper industry. Other product brands such as Compozil, Bindzil, Kromasil and Expancel will be promoted in relevant existing and new market areas.
“We are globalizing our business operations in order to further strengthen our market position,” comments Managing Director Ruud Joosten. “The goal is to give current and future customers, together with our shareholders, full value from our position as a world-leading actor. We will maintain a strong focus on sustainability and the development of new products and applications across a number of technical areas.”
The new strategic focus will broaden the scope of the business and accelerate expansion into new markets.
“We are going to focus on innovative solutions for the future and we see a large potential in bleaching chemicals, silica technology, polymers and expandable microspheres, which are some of the key areas for growth in the long term,” adds Joosten.
The new management team includes:
Ruud Joosten, Managing Director
Mario Houde, Director, Bleaching Chemicals
Lars Andersson, Director, Silica and Paper Chemicals
Niklas Larsson, Director, Specialty Products
Pernilla Heidenvall, Director, Legal Affairs PPC
Gijsberth de Ruiter, Director, Finance and Control, Information Management
Agneta Gerdner, Director, Human Resources and Communication
Byron Smith, Director, Strategy and Transformation