At Lucite International, we are immensely proud that so many of our people enjoy long and rewarding careers with us. Many have worked with us for decades, growing personally as well as professionally and seeing the industry, and the wider world, evolve greatly.

John Chang, Manufacturing Manager at our Kaohsiung Monomer Company (KMC) site in Taiwan, is celebrating 30 years with us in 2019, having joined in 1989 as a Process Engineer.

We spoke to John about his career.

Thirty years of service is a terrific achievement. How does it feel?

“To me, thirty years is a really amazing achievement. I am very grateful to work closely with my colleagues who always give me great support and help in my career. It also makes me believe that a good company is one where we can grow together!”

What does a typical day in your role involve?

“My typical day involves managing, implementing and sustaining our site manufacturing goals. This includes safety, health and environmental performance as well as people development.

“Receiving emails, reports and auditing to explore/solve the site manufacturing problems, chairing the daily meeting, cultivating people’s competency & development, managing technical issues – that’s what’s behind the curtain when it comes to my daily tasks.”

What do you like most about your job?

“To be a strong and respected team leader and to conquer any challenges or difficulties.”

What has been your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

“I think my biggest professional achievement so far is having led a team to accomplish a brilliant KAITEKI improvement project in 2018. The sulphuric acid recovery (SAR) emission improvement project achieved a major improvement through reduction of site emissions and the minimisation of environmental impact. The goal has been fully achieved and the site SO2 emissions and acid mist have been reduced by 73% and 84% respectively, compared to average performance in the past 5 years.”

What is your motto or personal mantra?

“Always follow your heart, never let go of your dreams!”

What advice would you give new entrants to the company?

“To loyally carry out your role and to fulfil your responsibilities. No fear to any failure, and all you need is courage.”

Finally, describe working for the company in three words…

“Gratification, accomplishment, grateful.”