Wellbeing is at the heart of our sustainable development strategy

We spoke to Trudy Morrice, EMEA HR Director, about why the concept of wellbeing is so important for the success of the business. Why is employee wellbeing so important? The concept of wellbeing – of people, society and plant Earth is deeply embedded in our approach and philosophy we call KAITEKI. Our vision of Value […]

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20 years of Lucite International Speciality Polymers & Resins

While 2020 was a challenging year, our Speciality Polymers and Resins team in the UK have a good reason to look back on the year with pride – a 20th anniversary. Back in the year 2000, Lucite International Speciality Polymers & Resins (LISPR) was born from the acquisition of Bonar Polymers, kick-starting two decades of […]

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Completing a plant overhaul – safely and on schedule – during the pandemic

Major plant overhauls usually take place at three yearly intervals. The 2020 overhaul at our Cassel Site in the UK was brought forward by 12 months driven by the need to replace a temporary fire tube boiler that had been installed in 2018 to alleviate the risk of potential failure. This major work, planned maintenance, […]

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Starting strong careers with apprenticeships

A world without chemicals would look very different indeed. That’s why it’s so important to find and reward talented people taking their first steps on a career in our industry. At our Cassel Site in Billingham, UK, we’ve been regularly bringing production apprentices on board for the best part of twenty years and, in that […]

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A closer look at the markets: Asia (January 2021)

In each issue of FreeFlow magazine, our business leaders from around the world share their insights into the global methacrylates markets. Here, Kozo Hisamoto, Senior Manager of Mitsubishi Chemical’s MMA business domain, offers his latest views and analysis for Asia (as of January 2021). Can you tell us about the MMA supply situation in Asia? We […]

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A closer look at the markets: The Americas (January 2021)

In each issue of FreeFlow magazine, our business leaders from around the world share their insights into the global methacrylates markets. Here, Jay Smith, USA Monomers Business Director, offers his latest views and analysis (as of January 2021). Could you explain the MMA supply/demand situation in the Americas? MMA supply was balanced throughout 2020 due to […]

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A closer look at the markets: EMEA (January 2021)

In each issue of FreeFlow magazine, our business leaders from around the world share their insights into the global methacrylates markets. Here, Malcolm Kidd, EMEA Monomers Business Director, offers his latest views and analysis (as of January 2021). Reflecting over the period since the previous market insight, we have certainly learnt a lot; about our customers […]

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Reflections on 2020 from our global leaders

It’s been a year of dramatic changes to all our lives, and we must not forget to pause and appreciate the huge efforts and sacrifices people everywhere have made to keep the world moving as safely as possible. While these efforts are far from over, we spoke to leaders across our business about some of […]

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Acrylic’s year on the frontline of COVID-19: what next?

When this year of twists and turns first started, how many of us could have predicted that acrylic would become the saviour of our everyday routines? In the spring, we wrote about how schools, offices, shops, bars, restaurants and so many more places, even hospitals, were using ‘clearer-than-glass’ acrylic screens to help them continue operating […]

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Newton Aycliffe makes the leap to green energy

A fantastic project being carried out by our team at Newton Aycliffe in the UK has seen the site start running on a 100% renewable electricity supply. In line with our KAITEKI vision of working towards the world’s sustainable well-being, we spotted an opportunity earlier this year to make some big improvements to the way […]

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