International Chemical Investors Group (ICIG) and Vynova Group announced the appointment of Christophe André as new President of Vynova Group, with effect from 1 September 2021. Christophe André will succeed Stefan Sommer, who will retire as President of Vynova Group and assume the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vynova Holding.
Stefan Sommer (63) has held the role of President of Vynova Group since the company’s foundation on 1 August 2015. He will retire on 1 September 2021 and will join Vynova’s parent company ICIG on 1 January 2022 as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Vynova Holding. Stefan Sommer will also continue to represent Vynova Group in key European PVC- and plastics-related industry associations such as VinylPlus, the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) and PlasticsEurope. Until the end of 2021, he will support the Vynova Management Board in the transition to his successor.
Christophe André (50) holds engineering and economics master degrees from Télécom Paris and ESSEC as well as an MBA from INSEAD. He has held various international senior management positions at specialty chemicals manufacturer Rohm and Haas, where he served as European head of the Monomers and Adhesives business lines, and he has held the position of Managing Director at paper manufacturer Arjowiggins Graphic. In his last roles, Christophe André served at specialty chemicals company Arkema as Group President of the global Thiochemicals activities and, since 2016, as a member of Arkema’s Executive Committee in charge of the Advanced Materials business portfolio.
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?