Dr. Heidi Fagerholm, Chief Technology Officer and member of the Management Board will leave Kemira to take up the position of Head of Advanced Technologies of PM-Performance Materials division of Merck KGaA, Heidi will be based in Darmstadt, Germany.
Fagerholm will continue in her current position and as a member of Kemira’s Management Board latest until the end of October, 2017. Kemira has started the process of finding a successor to lead its global R&D and Technology function, including more than 250 scientists and professionals in three global R&D centres in Espoo, Finland, Atlanta, USA and Shanghai, China.
“I want to thank Heidi for continuously bringing new innovations and new sustainable technologies to our valued customers. Kemira has more than quadrupled its innovation sales during Heidi’s tenure. I wish her best of success with her new challenges”, said Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.
Johnson Matthey is expanding its fuel cell operations into China with a £7.5-million facility to manufacture critical components for customers in the region.
Having invested around EUR 25 million in the construction of this 80,000-m3 facility, Borealis can now source and store naphtha for its Porvoo operations from the global market in a more flexible, cost-efficient, and secure way.
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Japan’s largest chemical maker, has named Jean-Marc Gilson, CEO of plant-ingredients maker Roquette Frères (Lestrem, France), as its next CEO, effective 1 April 2021.