Matthew R. Pixton (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering) has been appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a member of the Management Board of Kemira as of January 1, 2018.
He was previously heading Kemira’s R&D and Technology, Americas organization in Atlanta, USA, and he will continue to be based in Atlanta in his new position. Matthew will report to Jari Rosendal, Kemira’s President and CEO.
Matthew has extensive experience in the specialty chemical and polymer industries with global and regional leadership roles in R&D, product and process development as well as technology. He joined Kemira in 2016 from Dow Corning Corporation, where he was Vice President of Science and Technology for the Hemlock Semiconductor Division.
BASF will build a commercial scale battery recycling black mass plant in Schwarzheide, Germany. This investment strengthens BASF’s cathode active materials (CAM) production and recycling hub in Schwarzheide. The site is an ideal location for the build-up of battery recycling activities given the presence of many EV car manufacturers and cell producers in Central Europe.
Clariant says it is reducing its number of businesses from five to three, by merging units, under a reorganization that is in line with the company’s purpose-led strategy and cultural transformation. The moves will position Clariant for long-term sustainable growth, the company says.
Chemicals & plastics industry has the most diversified end-use market across all manufacturing industries. The industry returned to growth in 2021 but a supply chain crunch prevented it from becoming stronger. The market is likely to stabilize in the second half of 2022 with a supply-demand balance.