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Welcome to The Chemical Show, a podcast focused on the business of chemicals. Featuring interviews with industry executives, you’ll hear about the key trends impacting chemicals and plastics today: growth, sustainability, innovation, transformation, digitalization, global supply chains, strategic marketing, and much more. Hosted by Victoria Meyer, The Chemical Show brings you the latest insights into the industry. You will hear from leading industry executives as they discuss their companies ...
 
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Digital Technology has not yet found its way into the chemical industry on a broad scale. Victoria Meyer’s guest today, Sebastian Brenner, explains why that needs to change. Sebastian is the Managing Director of CheMondis, the leading digital marketplace for chemicals in Europe, with over 7,000 companies participating. Join the conversation as Seba…
 
The pandemic brought many challenges to smaller businesses and chemical distributors. Learn how Eric Byer, President and CEO of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), led the association and supported the chemical distribution industry, including many small, family-owned businesses, during the ups-and-downs of 2020 and 2021. Join…
 
Everyone wants to talk to a human, not a chatbot. But when you are the human on the other end of the customer service phone number, with frustrating coworkers and an unbearable roommate situation, you realize that talking to humans is pretty complex. This story from Analog’s September/October issue shows us that chatting with a bot has its advantag…
 
Do you understand how investment banks can help chemicals companies grow? Chris Mudd, the Managing Director at Chiron Financial LLC, shares why as he joins host Victoria Meyer in this episode. Chris uncovers the mystery of investment banking and shows the many things they offer to help those in the industry. From raising capital to M&A support to a…
 
With Hurricane Ida gone and the unpredictability of the weather, many people are wondering what effects hurricanes have on the chemical industry. What impacts did it have on the feedstocks, exports, and chemical workers? Join your host Victoria Meyer and her guest John Stekla on how Hurricane Ida changed the petrochemical chemical industry and how …
 
Due to the pandemic and many natural disasters in 2020-21, today's volatile markets provided a considerable amount of challenge to Leo Maguchi and his company. But even with this rocky situation, the demand is not going anywhere and must be addressed. Leo joins Victoria Meyer to share his work at ITOCHU, a leading distributor and marketer of inorga…
 
Do you see what influence one has on the market? It's important to understand different markets so you could get informed about the demand. Victoria Meyer sits down for a conversation with John Richardson about strategies to enable companies to be headed in the right direction. John Richardson is a Senior Consultant at ICIS. John focuses on the pol…
 
Some of the most successful companies always put their customers first. That is why, if you want to emulate their success, the first thing you need to do is focus on taking care of your customers and your people. Victoria Meyer’s guest in this episode is Megan E. Gluth-Bohan, the CEO and Founder of TRInternational. Megan shares with Victoria how th…
 
Did you know that the average age of a professional driver in the US has been growing steadily? This is not a good sign because this can lead to disruption, especially in the chemical industry. Considered as the backbone of a lot of industries, drivers deserve respect and proper pay. To learn more about the freight and transportation industry, join…
 
The chemical industry is a male-dominated space, but women are making inroads in it. Our guests created Women In Chemicals, a non-profit designed to help women create and identify opportunities in the industry. Victoria Meyer discusses things with Amelia Greene, Global Product Manager at Wego Chemical Group, and Kylie Wittl, Strategic Sourcing at 3…
 
Digital is all around us.The onset of the pandemic only accelerated the expansion and progress of digitization in almost every industry years ahead. Still, not all of them are making the most out of it just yet. The chemical industry’s love-hate relationship with digitization is founded on its belief in human-to-human interaction. However, we shoul…
 
In this short episode, Victoria Meyer zooms in on three big key trends on sustainability and highlights the importance of owning the narrative. The chemical industry already has made tremendous progress toward sustainability and circularity, and contirubtes in many ways toward a healthier and greener environment. Yet, we are allowing less-informed …
 
Pivoting a family-owned business during a pandemic is challenging. The key is to maintain a free-form culture of growth where everyone wins. Victoria Meyer’s guest in this episode is Cameron Whaley, President of Southern Chemical & Textiles. Cameron shares with Victoria how the company thrives on taking great care of its people. Make the best oppor…
 
Coming up with a business sustainability report is an important thing in any team's growth and planning. What can you do to streamline this process and make it better? Jennifer Sadenwater presents the solution through ESGLynk. Joining Victoria Meyer, she explains how they connect people with the value that matters in three important points: environ…
 
The key to establishing and achieving your business goal is to know your intellectual property strategy. However, many business leaders don’t understand concepts of intellectual property, trademarks, and patents. Victoria Meyer’s guest in this episode is James Drake, a patent attorney and the Managing Counsel of Drake & Associates. James discusses …
 
Every day, it seems that more and more things are coming out of the chemical industry. One such innovation is the development of a bio-based polymer, the functionality of which seems endless. On today’s show, Victoria Meyer interviews Michael Suver, the EVP of Integrity BioChem. Michael has over 25 years of experience at a couple of innovative comp…
 
Jer is the governor’s nestling and his Consortium colony’s legal administrator. When the judicant shows up and starts questioning how things are run around here, it becomes clear that Jer is something else too: a very dangerous lawyer. Find out why in “Mandatory Arbitration,” from Analog’s July/August issue, written and read by Leonard Richardson.…
 
NUCO Logistics is an international logistics, freight forwarding, and NVOCC company. Victoria Meyer's guest today is its CEO Noushin Shamsili to discuss how NUCO Logistics pivoted during the pandemic. On the one hand, the demand during COVID has increased tremendously. On the other, many steamship lines canceled their sailings to make sure that the…
 
The petrochemical industry has been impacted by current events, causing massive swings in the market. This includes the already volatile Propylene and Olefin market. Victoria Meyer is joined by the Director of PERIN Resources, John Stekla. John is an accomplished senior sales and marketing executive with broad international and domestic experience …
 
In some form or another, people interact with chemicals and compounds on a daily basis, just like surfactants which can be found in detergents, emulsifiers or dispersants. Neil Burns joins Victoria Meyer to explain more about it. Neil is the CEO of P2 Science Inc., a manufacturing company that focuses on cosmetics and personal care, fragrances and …
 
Chemical distribution is a wholly unique space within the chemical industry as a whole. Ronald Zmich has been working in this space for over 25 years. He is the Vice President of CASE at Palmer Holland, which is a specialty chemical and ingredient distributor of raw materials based in Cleveland, Ohio. Join your host, Victoria Meyer and her guest, R…
 
Relaunching a company is not an easy task. It comes with a lot of struggle and burden to whoever gets appointed to lead the charge. John Foley proved himself up for the challenge when he found himself thrust into leadership in the newly formed Verdant Specialty Solutions. Verdant is a specialty chemical company that got formed by the acquisition of…
 
A lot has changed in these recent years for the chemical industry when doing business in China and Asia due to the changing regulations and globalization. Now that China continues to become more and more self-sufficient, chemical companies are called to embrace adaptability and versatility in the future. Joining Victoria Meyer is Dan McLeod of East…
 
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