At the end of April 2017, Lanxess completed the acquisition of Chemtura and appointed Markus Eckert to run its polyurethanes operations. Simon Robinson caught up with him at PU China in Guangzhou to find out what Lanxess plans for the business.
More of the same, but better, could sum up the Lanxess approach to the polyurethanes business that came as part of the Chemtura acquisition.
Better in this context means building on the expertise of the people who are now employed by Lanxess rather than Chemtura, breaking down regional silos, and helping the team to communicate better with each other and the customers.
The business is being run by Markus Eckert, who heads up the Urethane Systems unit at Lanxess.
He has many years’ experience with Lanxess and, before that, Bayer. His enthusiasm for the very diverse polyurethanes business after four years spent running the Lanxess leather products business shone through in conversation.
As a graduate in chemistry and economics working for Bayer, Eckert found himself co-opted into the global team that helped pull Lanxess out of the German chemical giant in 2005.
‘I learnt a lot, as that’s not the natural environment for a graduate chemist,’ he said. After the spin-off, he found himself heading Lanxess’ corporate development function for four years. Following that, he gained hands-on…