Covetro has announced the following appointments:
Michelle Jou head of Polycarbonates
Dr. Markus Steilemann responsible for innovation and polyurethanes
Michelle Jou took over as head of Covestro’s Polycarbonates Segment effective January 1, 2016. She is the first woman to hold this position and succeeds Dr. Markus Steilemann, who as of this same date, became head of the Polyurethanes Segment. Since September 1, 2015, he is also member of the Board of Management and responsible for Innovation.
Michelle Jou has over 20 years of professional experience in the chemical industry in Asia, where she served in a variety of positions in sales, marketing and supply chain management. Before joining Bayer in 2003, she worked approximately ten years for a leading French petrochemicals company in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
At Bayer MaterialScience, she performed a number of different managerial duties in Shanghai, initially with the company’s central departments. Jou then joined the Polycarbonates Business Unit, where in 2012 she was named head of Commercial Operations in the Asia region.
A native of Taiwan, Jou holds a bachelor’s degree from Fu-Jen University there. She also has a master’s degree from the EMLYON Business School in France.
Bayer MaterialScience has operated under the name of Covestro since September 1, 2015. The company had already relocated the headquarters of its global polycarbonate activities to Shanghai in 2011, as the primary markets for thermoplastics are located in Asia.
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?