It has been a wonderful week! We received great feedbacks and “likes” of our posts.
Last Wed., I was flipping through them at LinkedIn and a familiar (but unexpected) name came into my eyes, a senior executive of Evonik and under his leadership, we built up several major investment projects in China. After being retired for 1.5 years, he is still following Evonik. How amazing that people feel strongly connected after they have had the Evonik identity.
Finally, my millions of thanks to my colleagues who supported for this wonderful experiences of being a guest editor. It was tremendous coordination and won't be possible without you , Daniela, Derya, Eric*2, Jenner, Mingyue, Renita, Yifeng … Thank you!
Quick Fire Interview with Carlos: Carlos and I are alumni of the Evonik School of Marketing. By coincidence, he was our last guest editor. Thank you, Carlos, for your insightful questions – great opportunity to reflect.
Thanks to “Human Chemistry" - bring us back together!
Shanghai: 魔都(Mo Du), this is how we call “Shanghai” in China – the city of magic and charm.
Shanghai is an extremely accommodating city. The tradition and history, the fashion and modern, all get settled in the city harmoniously. More than 24 million people live in this city, while many are from other parts of China or countries all over the world. They come to the city with their own identities and bring in new dynamics and their own impact here. The city keeps on evolving, especially during the last 40 years.
Evonik came to China first in Shanghai in 1933. We settled down at two major campuses for innovation and production. We are proud of being part of the city and making impact here!
Photo: Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 (Shanghai Tower), Cheers with “Evonik China Annual Award” winning team at Bund. Many thanks to Eric Sun for contributing a few great photos in this video clip
We help where there is a need: I made a trip to Nepal Summer 2017. For me, the two weeks in Kathmandu was like travelling back to my childhood time - poor infrastructure, living conditions, but people full of energy and wish to improve. And we, from different countries, were there to help.
The master gave several options to support but in the end he asked if we could spend 10 days in a local public school where supports were really appreciated. My daughter and I immediately accepted his request.
These ten days turned out to be a memory that I could never forgot. From kindergarten to junior highs, from art, mathematics to taekwondo, there were so much we could share and provide, and we were returned with a lot of laughter and applauds of love.
In the specialty chemical world, Evonik contributes where there is a need from customer, for the light weight of vehicles, an environmentally friendly personal care solution and sustainable livestock farming. We strive to explore technologies to help customers in addressing their problems. In Animal Nutrition, “we are sciencing the global food challenge”, this truly represents Evonik as a leading specialty chemical company.
Join us! Applauses for young artists' paintings of Animal Nutrition World
As Picasso said, every child is an artist. We invite every year children to paint the animal world in their dreams. Science, sustainability and innovation are our future of livestock farming.
For 14 years, we have received lots of excellent works.
#WhyWeDoIt! – Photo with our management trainees - Yvaine, Eric, Monica and Rex.
I was a few weeks ago interviewing a management trainee applicant. I asked her why she would apply for Evonik, a chemical company which could be considered old fashioned. “Your products could make a difference for the world.” Obviously, she did her homework and was amazed by the little chemistry that could create magic in 3D printing, drug delivery systems, cleaning solution formulations … and I, was really moved by her authenticity and passion for specialty chemicals.
Many years, I have been motivated by the same reasons to grow with the company, among the “magic” chemists, animal nutritionist, engineers and other colleagues who are always striving to be the forerunner of various industry applications. You are never bored here in Evonik!
Artist Needs Strategy: Painting is part of my life. I enjoy, esp. the great challenge (or reflection process) it brings to me as a professional strategist.
Sometimes, while I was so immersed in a particular detail or my last stroke, my mentor came to stop me and asked me to look at the painting from a distance. It often hit me with a surprise --- I have been losing my overview by indulging too much on the nitty-gritties.
Painting also requires foresight, from the first sketch to the final production. Numerous layers of coloring materials could react and blend with each other. Where to start, what are the following steps, esp. in water painting, are not an experimental and spontaneous decision.
How does that sound to you?
Digitalization at Animal Nutrition: Our animal nutritionists market APP to chicken farms. Yes, you didn’t hear me wrong! In animal nutrition, we crossover into the world of digitalization in livestock farming. Sally is our specialist of Porphyrio®, a software uses big data and smart algorithm to support the total business optimization process of poultry meat and egg industry.
Women represent 34% of colleagues working in Evonik Greater China Region. About 460 of them work in Engineering, Production, and Innovation.
Angela, Jenner, Liping and Yun are my colleagues in the Process and Engineering team from 2002. Together, we built up all major production and R&D investment projects at Evonik China.
Looking back, I have been amazed and inspired by many women around me - my friends, co-workers, my mother, grandmother and even, my daughter ... Despites all the challenges, women - of different generation, from different backgrounds and pursuing different career paths – are able to achieve successful milestones in their life. Believe in ourselves and support each other, keep smiling.