EAST WINDSOR, N. J. (Jan. 13, 2020) – Elementis, a global specialty chemicals company, has appointed Huibin Zhao as vice president of Coatings Asia and president of China. Zhao joined Elementis in March 2019. He is based in Shanghai, China.
Zhao, who brings almost 30 years of experience to Elementis, previously held leadership roles with Evonik Specialty Chemicals and BYK Chemie. In his current role, Zhao is responsible for Elementis’ Coatings business units throughout most of Asia. Zhao will further reinforce Elementis’ global strategy and promote Elementis’ positioning as a global specialty chemical company offering solutions together with high performance additives to customers in this market.
“Elementis is proud to appoint Mr. Huibin Zhao to this leadership role in an important and exciting market for our continued growth,” says Luc van Ravenstein, senior vice president of the Elementis Global Coatings business segment.
Zhao graduated in 1992 from Fu Dan University in Shanghai with a bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science. He also received an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2009. He is a member of the Waterborne China Platform, a non-profit collective formed by coating players in China nearly a decade ago with the aim of helping the container industry migrate to waterborne coatings - which contain up to eight times fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than solvent-borne equivalents. Zhao is also the auditor for Shanghai Coating magazine.
Zhao has authored numerous technical papers and articles on waterborne coatings, functional additives in waterborne industrial coatings, and epoxy modified silicone resin solutions for anti-corrosion coating in Paint and Ink Industry magazine and Shanghai Coating magazine.
“I am extremely excited and honored to work with the Elementis executive team throughout Asia and to have this opportunity to lead Elementis’ production operations here in China. Elementis is recognized as a global additives supplier with a solid image in the coatings/ink industry and proven competency in solving customers’ technical problems by offering an extensive range of products and solutions, and I am focused on helping the company to support even more customers in the region through our expanded distribution channels,” Zhao commented.
Elementis is a global specialty chemicals company listed on the London Stock Exchange and in 2018 had sales revenue of $822 million. The company is known for its expertise in rheology and natural bio-functional ingredients and owns the world’s largest source of high-quality hectorite natural clay. Elementis focuses on scientific innovation and development of products that enhance the performance and value of customers' products in the personal care, coatings and energy markets. In 2018, Elementis acquired Mondo Minerals, a leading high-performance, high-quality talc supplier. Please visit www.elementis.com for more information.
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