The Chemical Show

The Chemical Show

Welcome to The Chemical Show, a podcast focused on the business of chemicals. Featuring interviews with industry executives, you’ll hear about the key trends impacting chemicals and plastics today: growth, sustainability, innovation, transformation, digitalization, global supply chains, strategic marketing, and much more. Hosted by Victoria Meyer, The Chemical Show brings you the latest insights into the industry. You will hear from leading industry executives as they discuss their companies, business, markets, and leadership. You’ll learn how chemical and plastics companies are making an impact, responding to the changing business environment, and discussing best practices and approaches you can apply in your business. Victoria Meyer is the President and Founder of Progressio Global, a boutique consultancy that helps chemical companies accelerate business results by closing the strategy-to-execution gap. Working at the intersection of strategy, marketing, and execution, Victoria helps business leaders grow and optimize their business performance, align their organization, and achieve their strategic objectives. With 25 years of leadership in chemicals, Victoria is a B2B marketing and strategy expert who applies a holistic yet focused approach to your business goals and helps chemical executives and their teams achieve targeted results through boutique consulting packages and executive coaching. Better Living Through Chemistry. The Chemical Show highlights the positive impact of chemicals and plastics in our everyday lives, the innovations and transformations taking place in the chemical and plastics industry as companies grow and evolve to meet 21st century needs, and the challenges and opportunities the industry faces. Podcast guests include global senior leaders at private and public companies, heads of industry groups, and industry experts in plastics, chemicals, and supporting industries. Listen in as our host, Victoria Meyer, and industry executives discuss business, leadership, and more. The business of Chemistry is a $565-billion enterprise for the United States and triple that number globally. The chemical industry supports over 500,000 jobs in the United States. It is estimated that more than 96% of all manufactured goods are touched by the business of chemistry. Accelerate your business results, gain industry insights, and achieve greater growth in new and existing markets. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn the latest strategies and insights to help your company flourish, transform, and accelerate your goal achievement by tuning in to The Chemical Show.

Episodes

September 20, 2022 33 min

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a global shutdown on an unprecedented scale. While a huge number of companies could not jump back after this worldwide crisis, some still managed to survive. Vink Chemicals is one of those that faced a COVID-hit market and proved bigger than its long list of adversities. Victoria Meyer talks with the brilliant minds behind this company, Branko Ulaga and Diana Lima. They share how they pulled this off de...

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Many people have tried innovating and coming up with new ideas for a more sustainable world, but only a few have made a dent. The process is long, and it takes more than a brilliant mind to develop a breakthrough product that would revolutionize the use of plastic. One of those few is Avantium. In this episode, CEO Tom van Aken shares their initiatives that would soon revolutionize plant-to-plastics technology, and conversion of in...

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It's hard to recruit the right talent in the chemical industry because it's a very complicated and specialized industry. It’s looking for a specific set of skills, especially with the rise of technological innovation. Join Victoria Meyer as she talks to Ron Malachuk about talent acquisition and how to retain them. Ron is a Partner in the Chicago office of JM Search and a core member of the firm’s Chemicals and Materials pra...

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The pandemic, disputes, recession, and inflation are just a few of the adversities that we all have to get through. But imagine what it's like to be in logistics. It's one thing for a company to keep afloat and another to advance. NUCO Logistics has not only done both, but they were also awarded the Ecovadis Silver Medal for their compliance in the areas of environment, ethics, labor, human rights, and sustainable approach ...

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Two heads are better than one. When building a business or providing service, having partners and leveraging their strengths is key to scaling your business. In this episode, Gulay Serhatkulu, Senior Vice President of Performance Materials North America at BASF, stresses the importance of partnership and teamwork when it comes to innovation and meeting specific client needs. She also talks about how generational differences play in...

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Distribution is such an important part of the chemical industry, but we don’t often get to hear from the people who make this vital link possible. In this episode, Terry Hill, the CEO of Barentz, talks about a variety of things that are transforming this particular side of the industry right now. Sitting down with Victoria Meyer, Terry compares what the industry was like when he started and how it has changed and evolved over the y...

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Plastic has been around for the longest time and is the staple material for packaging. And with the recent pandemic and online shopping, you would think that the use of plastic has diminished, but you couldn’t be more wrong. It has increased significantly along with the misconception of destroying the planet. Would you believe that you, as the consumer, play the biggest role in the life cycle of plastic materials and how it affects...

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Extreme weather, heat waves, droughts. Climate change has continued to affect our environment and our lives. And what are we doing about it? Fortunately, there are companies like LanzaTech who dedicated 17 years and $500 million to innovating the use of waste carbon in sustainable fuels, fabrics, packaging, and other products that we use every day. In this episode, we are joined by their CEO, Jennifer Holmgren, to talk about their ...

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According to Forbes, the inflation reading from January 2021 to January 2022 was a whopping 7.5%. Let’s face it, we are certainly facing inflation, and nobody is exempt, including the chemical industry. So what can chemical companies do to handle inflation and still manage to succeed? Today, Victoria Meyer shares five strategies for how chemical companies should manage and lead through these current economic times.



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Recently we have seen senior-level leaders transitioning, which opened new opportunities for internal succession or external job requisition. And with the significant changes in work setups and company culture, The Ropella Group, with its Chairman & CEO, Patrick Ropella, took to a new category with a different set of requirements when profiling candidates, specifically for C-Suite positions in the chemical, consumer products, a...

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Chemistry pretty much affects our everyday lives even in its most trivial aspects. Therefore, chemical education is something all people must give some attention to, especially the youth. Victoria Meyer goes to the Chemical Educational Foundation to talk with the people behind it: Terry Hill (Barentz), Aileen Doyle (Univar Solutions), Calvin Emanuel (Ecolab), and Nicole Domingues. They dive into the importance of studying chemistry...

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Finding top talent is getting harder, and the chemical industry is not immune to this phenomenon. Here to unpack and offer solutions to this problem is Ron Malachuk. Ron is a Partner in the Chicago office of JM Search and a core member of the firm’s Chemicals and Materials practice. With vast experience in executive search, he joins Victoria Meyer to share some wisdom on how companies should adapt to this supply-demand imbalance fo...

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In this episode, Joshua Baca, Vice President of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division, shares how he got to where he is now, from working in politics to ending up with ACC. He believes that what he is doing now is fruitful, not just for him but for all of us in this society. He shares their advocacy strategies to help people better understand plastics’ advantages in key markets such as automotive, building and construc...

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SOCMA, or the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates, plays an integral part as the connector in the chemical industry. They match-make business partnerships so that projects can get up and running in the industry. SOCMA empowers its members with the latest industry knowledge and projects. Join Victoria Meyer and her guest Jennifer Abril, the CEO and President of SOCMA, as they talk about the company and its role in the...

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You can't have commercial excellence without digitization. Technology is so present these days that you need to be up-to-date with everything. You need to fight for your customers, especially with all the supply chain disruptions and how competitive the landscape is today.

 

Join Victoria Meyer as she talks to Martijn van Noordennen about commercial excellence and digitization in the chemical industry. Martijn is the senior direc...

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How does the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers advocate for the chemical industry? Victoria Meyer talks with Rob Benedict, the Senior Director of Petrochemicals, Transportation, and Infrastructure for American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). Rob shares the key initiatives and focus for AFPM. Rob discusses its position on creating greater competition in railroads and transportation, to be more competitiv...

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Right now in the chemical industry, it's innovate or die. Innovation in sustainability is one way big companies can help the environment. These days, people are driven by consumerism which results in more resources being used. Companies need to provide a solution where less is used and innovation plays a key factor there. Whether it's innovation in technology or in marketing, the chemical industry needs to have that goal. J...

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The chemical market is complicated to navigate with the need to aggregate information and the difficulty of acquiring "real-time" updates. Today's guest is here to provide the insight you're looking for. Steve Lewandowski is the Vice President - Olefins at IHS Markit, a leading global provider of information, insight, and consulting services to the global chemical, petrochemical, and refining industries. He joins Vi...

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Starting from scratching and making successful business acquisitions is chaUDAllenging. Victoria Meyer welcomes back ​​John Foley, the CEO of Verdant Specialty Solutions, to give a one-year update. John shares how vital it is to have your back-office team for you to stand on your own. And the challenges that relying on an outsourced back-office brings. Recruiting the right leaders who have previous experience in steering your busin...

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Sustainability isn't just a buzzword: It's an important component of saving our planet. The chemical industry has made great strides towards this goal, and more is yet to come. In this episode, Victoria Meyer flies solo as she breaks down three approaches the industry is taking to tackle sustainability. Victoria looks at these three critical components: Collaboration, Education, and Design, and she analyzes how they fit int...

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