NOVA Chemicals makes key European appointment
In this role, Clarke is responsible for the operations of both the new European Technology Centre at Breda (see accompanying release) and the adjacent 210,000 tonne/year (460 mm lbs) capacity polystyrene plant. Over 200 people are employed at the plant and over 20 technologists and technicians work in the Technology Centre on research and product development work, principally in the field of expandable polystyrene but also on solid and high-performance styrenic polymers.
Clarke joined NOVA Chemicals at the beginning of 1999, following the company's acquisition of the majority of the Huntsman polystyrene business. From 1988 he was Site Leader at the Huntsman polystyrene plant at Carrington, UK, and following the acquisition he was appointed Director of Supply Chain, Europe. In February 2000, when NOVA Chemicals completed the purchase of the Royal Dutch Shell styrenics business, Clarke became NOVA Chemicals? European Manufacturing Director with responsibility for four styrenics plants in Europe with a combined capacity of 620,000 tonnes/year (1370 mm/lbs).
As European Technology Leader, he takes the place of Kees Bleijenberg, who has moved to the United States as Vice-President, Styrenics Technology. As Site Leader/Managing Director of the Breda site, he replaces Hans van Wijk, who has left the company.
Clarke holds an MA from Cambridge University, is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Along with his wife and two children he is in the process of establishing his home in The Netherlands.
NOVA Chemicals Corporation is a focused commodity chemical company, producing olefins/polyolefins and styrenics at 18 locations in the United States, Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. NOVA Chemicals Corporation also owns 35 percent of Methanex Corporation, the world?s largest and lowest cost producer of methanol. NOVA Chemicals Corporation shares trade on the Toronto and New York exchanges under the trading symbol NCX. Visit NOVA Chemicals on the Internet at www.novachemicals.com.
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