On October 1, 2015, Dr. Klaus Welsch (52) will take over as President, Engineering & Maintenance, BASF SE. He succeeds Dr. Volker Knabe (59), who will retire effective September 30, 2015.
Dr. Albert Heuser (60), President, Greater China & Functions Asia Pacific, BASF (China) Co. Ltd., Shanghai, will retire effective December 31, 2015. Dr. Stephan Kothrade (48), President of BASF-YPC and Managing Director of Nanjing Verbund Site, BASF-YPC Company Ltd., Nanjing, will succeed Heuser as President effective January 1, 2016.
Dr. Friedrich Seitz (60), President, European Site & Verbund Management, Ludwigshafen, will retire effective December 31, 2015. Dr. Uwe Liebelt (49), President, Project BASF 4.0, Ludwigshafen, will succeed Seitz effective January 1, 2016.
Dr. Ulrich von Deessen (59), President, Environment, Health & Safety, Ludwigshafen, will retire effective February 29, 2016. Dr. Beate Ehle (52), who was President, Market & Business Development North America, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey, until April 2015, will succeed von Deessen effective March 1, 2016.
Dr. Wolfgang Hapke (59), President, Human Resources, Ludwigshafen, will retire effective February 29, 2016. Dr. André Becker (46), President, Regional Functions North America, BASF Corporation, Florham Park, New Jersey, will succeed Hapke effective March 1, 2016.
Manfredo Rübens (52), President, Finance, Ludwigshafen, will succeed Becker effective January 1, 2016. Marc Ehrhardt (47), Senior Vice President, Mobile Emissions Catalysts, BASF Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey, will, as President, succeed Rübens effective December 1, 2015.
Neste announced that the EU Innovation Fund has given a positive grant decision of €88-million funding to Neste’s green hydrogen and CO2 capture & storage project, which aims to quickly and efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Porvoo refinery in Finland.
Shell has been incorporated in the UK with Dutch tax residence and dual share structure since 2005. Under its new proposal, which shareholders will vote on in December, it will move its tax residence from the Netherlands to the UK, adopt a single share structure that will increase the amount of cash it can return to shareholders, and drop “Royal Dutch” from its name and simply be called Shell.
How are chemical elements produced in our Universe? Where do heavy elements like gold and uranium come from? Using computer simulations, a research team from the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, shows that the synthesis of heavy elements is typical for certain black holes with orbiting matter accumulations.