Monthly Archives: August 2012

Clarifoil Film Showcased at Walmart Show

Clarifoil have just returned from the Walmart Sustainability Expo – an invite only event exclusively for suppliers and buyers of Walmart.  This is the 3rd year that Clarifoil have attended, having previously exhibited compostable envelopes and breathable donut boxes.  This year was the launch of Clarifoil’s thermoformed packaging in the form of sushi boxes.

Traditionally, PVC has been used for this type of packaging however, there is strong drive to eliminate this from the supply chain due to its contribution to landfill, difficulty to recycle and the fact it is not made from sustainable sources.   RPET (recycled PET) is becoming increasingly popular, however this product has a finite lifetime due to…

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China, Celanese and This Summer

One of the ever-present views of the economic climate is the slowing of China’s economy and the impact it’s having on the world. Celanese has major investments in Asia and China which represents about 20% of our annual revenues. So it has been a priority of mine to get a firsthand look at what’s happening there, to hear from customers, suppliers and to spend time with our employees.

Having just returned from four weeks in Asia I want to share some highlights of this trip. But before I do, let’s start with…

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Improvisation & Innovation – An Intersection of Personal Passions

Almost two years ago, Celanese was embracing its transition into a company focused on innovation, collaboration and customer-orientated opportunities; and I was enjoying my own transition into a new role to support that innovation built on strategy, marketing, and – a personal passion – improvisation.

How can I suggest that good business can come from improvisational acting?  Easily.  When we discuss unmet needs of the marketplace and debate possible solutions, we are embracing an unscripted environment where the solution doesn’t exist –quite frankly, we’re making it up as we go.

Strategic thinking, a “Market-Back” perspective, and “Stage Gates” improve the success of innovation development; similarly, there are core elements that make improvisation more successful.  As I outline below, there are three improvisation skills which can…

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Returning to Elementary School

I was thrilled to participate recently in two Junior Achievement teaching days with my Celanese colleagues Gretchen Rosswurm and Phil McDivitt as we co-taught a kindergarten and a third grade class at MC Lively Elementary in Irving, Texas.

It was a blast! Junior Achievement is a well-organized, straight-forward program that allows career professionals the opportunity to share their life experiences and make a difference in the lives of elementary students. I have taught children in the past, but no experience is required to volunteer. From my recent experience, I would like to share a few helpful tips…

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Leaders communicate, and communicators lead

This week SmartBrief published a guest blog post about leadership and communication by Gretchen Rosswurm, Celanese’s vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility.

The full post is re-published here for the convenience of Celanese’s audience:

I’m lucky. Having been with a number of Fortune 500 companies, I’ve worked with some incredible leaders. They may not be names you know, but these are a special few who lead and communicate so well they bring people together to achieve amazing things.

From CEOs to supervisors and everything in between, these leaders have a few common communication habits that any of us can take to persuade, inform and encourage teams to be more successful. I’d like to share them with you…

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