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  • Strong Heritage, fresh Approach

    Synthomer’s origins date back to a production site in Harlow, UK, constructed in 1952. The primary products were polyvinyl acetate resin dispersions and solid polyvinyl alcohol resin. Following our global expansion and strategic acquisitions, the company also provides customer focused services from its operational centres in Marl, Germany and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as sales offices in Shanghai, Dubai and Atlanta.

    Within the commercial organisation, marketing and technical services are organised in global Strategic Business Units (SBUs), working closely with regional sales organisations in Europe, Asia, Middle East, South Africa and North America. The Business Units are supported by technology groups specialised in different product chemistries and co-located with marketing and technical services to ensure fast innovation, strong customer focus and rapid speed to market of new products.

    Our business is founded on expertise and experience. So is our HR strategy, ensuring a high educational level amongst our employees. Our leadership team accordingly reflects our long experience in the chemical industry, although our approach towards markets and customers is based on fresh thinking to add value to customers´ businesses and shareholders´ expectations.


    Calum G MacLean

    Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 

    BSc Hons (Aberdeen)

    BP Chemicals, Inspec, INEOS, Synthomer


    Stephen Bennett

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    BSc (Loughborough), ACA

    PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ineos, Synthomer

    Richard Atkinson

    Chief Counsel & Company Secretary

    LLB (Birmingham), Solicitor

    Legal practice: Pinsent Masons, Eversheds, Industry: Yule Catto

    Derick Whyte

    Executive Vice President - Asia

    BSc Hons (St Andrews), MBA (OUBS), CChem MRSC

    Unilever, ICI, Yule Catto


    Christoph Breucker

    Vice President - Europe

    Dr.- Ing. (Dortmund, Germany)

    Henkel, Cognis, BASF, Synthomer


    Martin Hallam

    Vice President - Operations

    BSc Hons (Newcastle) , MBA (Cranfield), CEng MIChemE

    ICI, INEOS, PQ Corporation, GrowHow UK


    Tim Hughes

    Vice President - Americas, Middle East & Investor Relations

    BSc Hons (Manchester), MBA (Cranfield)

    Courtaulds, Chemtura, Synthomer


    Neil Whitley

    Vice President - Specialities, M&A and HR

    Ba Hons Economics (Leeds)

    Ford, ICI, DuPont, Johnson Matthey, Synthomer

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