Quincy, Massachusetts -- Bio-based chemicals group Myriant Corp. announced 12 Jan that Dr Werner Praetorius, a former top executive at BASF SE, has joined its Strategic Advisory Board.
Praetorius, whose career spanned 29 years at BASF, currently serves as a non-executive member of the board of Swiss-based EMS-Chemie Holding AG.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dr Praetorius to Myriant's Strategic Advisory Board," said Stephen Gatto, chairman and chief executive officer of Myriant, in a company statement. Dr Praetorius brings unparalleled insights and global perspectives into the petrochemicals, plastics and renewable biochemicals industries, combined with a successful track-record of technology innovation and commercial-scale deployment. We believe his expertise will be invaluable to Myriant's continued progress commercialising low-cost, high value renewable chemicals globally."
During Praetorius' time at BASF he held positions including president of the Global Engineering Plastics Division, Global Styrenics Division, and Global Petrochemicals Division.
Praetorius is actively involved in global industry affairs and has been on the boards of the Association of Petrochemical Producers Europe (APPE), Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) and the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA).
Myriant is involved in making bio-based renewable chemicals using low-cost sugars. The company broke ground in December 2010 on a 30-million-pound-per-annum (66 kilotonnes-per-annum) commercial succinic acid facility in Lake Providence, Louisiana.
Myriant has agreements with Uhde GmbH for engineering, and with Davy Process Technology for the integration of Myriant's succinic acid process with the Davy butanediol process, and with PTT Chemical for commercialising Myriant's technology in South East Asia.