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Gerhard Bauer and Antoine Carroy to Head up Cognis’ PCI Innovation Concept Centers

Published on 2005-03-30. Author : SpecialChem

Cognis has appointed two Global Technology Managers to ensure the Polymers, Coatings and Inks business continues to focus on the development of innovative concepts and solutions. Gerhard Bauer (44) will join Cognis' Functional Products Technology department as Global Technology Manager PCI on April 1, 2005. As well as heading up the technical groups of the PCI Innovation Concept Center (ICC, formerly known as Application Technology Platforms/Anwendungstechnik), his role will also involve supporting the Innovation Concept Centers in the implementation of Cognis' strategy to evolve from a supplier of specialty chemicals to a supplier of innovative services, customized formulations and sustainable solutions for the PCI industry.

In his new role, Bauer will primarily be responsible for managing PCI's innovation pipeline in coordination with Functional Products' Research & Product Development and Process Improvement Technology Centers. He will also be involved in sales and marketing programs for PCI product lines. Gerhard Bauer was previously head of Application Technology & Development for the adhesives and the construction industries at BASF and has worked in various positions in Research & Development, Manufacturing, Application Technology, Marketing and Corporate Strategy. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Erlangen, where he worked for two years as an assistant research professor.

Effective May 1, 2005, Antoine Carroy (49) joins Cognis' Functional Product Technology as Global Technology Manager Radiation Curing Technology. He will head up the technical groups of PCI ICC Radiation Curing Technology worldwide and will be responsible for managing the Radiation Curing Innovation Pipeline, working together with Functional Products' Research & Product Development Centers. Antoine Carroy will also be involved in sales and marketing activities for the Photomer® product line.

Cognis' PCI Radiation Curing Technology ICC develops innovative services, formulations and solutions for the coatings and inks industry, and has manufacturing sites in France, China and the USA.

Antoine Carroy holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. On obtaining his doctorate, he went to work in the specialty chemicals industry, specializing in the application of resins for coatings and inks. In his last role, he was responsible for technical marketing and application testing of cationic radiation curing products at DOW.

Comments Rainer Hoefer, Vice President Functional Products Technology: "With their many years of experience and in-depth strategic knowledge of both application technology and marketing, Gerhard Bauer and Antoine Carroy will play an important role in developing sustainable solutions and concepts that anticipate and fulfill the needs of the market, and are of relevance for both our regional customers and multinational key accounts."

About Cognis

Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients. The company employs about 8,100 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Additionally, Cognis provides solutions for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, textiles and plastics, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2003, Cognis recorded sales of 2.95 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and exceptional items) of 312 million euros.

Source: Cognis

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