Michael Träger - new Euro Chlor Chairman
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Brussels, 22 September 2010. At its recent Annual General Meeting, the Management Committee of Euro Chlor, representing the European Chlor-Alkali industry, elected a new Chairman. Michael Träger, Managing Director and COO of VESTOLIT GmbH &Co KG, took over this function from Filipe Constant (Solvay) for a one year period.
Michael Träger (°1960) is Managing Director (Geschäftsführer) and COO of VESTOLIT GmbH & Co KG, the largest fully integrated PVC (poly vinyl chloride) production plant in Europe, with capacities of 400,000 tonnes PVC and 250.000 tonnes chlorine per annum.
The company is a market leader for applications such as window profiles, floor coverings, and automotive under body coatings. Michael Träger is also a member of the advisory board (Beirat) of Salzgewinnungsgesellschaft Westfalen mbH & Co KG and Managing Director of Vesto PVC Holding GmbH the affiliate salt company and holding company of VESTOLIT, respectively.
He obtained both his degree in chemical engineering and PhD at the University of Dortmund, Germany. Before he joined the former Hüls AG Company he had been active in R&D in South Africa and India. Within Hüls he gained experience in the fields of process engineering, quality and environmental management as well as the marketing of polyolefins. His first financial and operational responsibilities in the Chlor Alkali and PVC industry started in 1996 as Head of Administration & Finance (CFO) than COO of VESTOLIT GmbH & Co KG in Marl (Germany).
Michael has been involved with Euro Chlor activities for over 10 years and says: "It was exciting having been involved in the trust building processes with all Euro Chlor stakeholders during the last decade". During his chairmanship he intends to help develop and launch an improved sustainability programme for the coming decade in order to foster and strengthen the achievements of the Chlor-Alkali industry's reputation and its sustainable contribution to a safe and healthy community.
Furthermore, as energy will continue to be the ultra high profile topic of this millennium and because the chlorine industry has a proven track record of the efficient use of electricity as a raw material he will also dedicate his efforts to energy policy issues. Michael Träger stated: "Since the eco balance of most products based on chlorine is highly positive we have to constantly demonstrate that we are part of today's and future solutions instead of being seen as part of the problem - be it in energy savings, every day uses or health related applications".
Alistair J Steel
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