Wichita, Kansas - Invista said 10 Dec that it has promoted Kevin Robles to senior vice president of global operations, with responsibility for the company's 34 nylon, spandex, polyester and speciality chemical manufacturing facilities in 20 countries.
Invista's speciality chemicals business includes Invista's polyester polyols for rigid polyurethane foam, as well as its urethane intermediates business, offering PTMEG, butanediol and tetrahydrofuran.
The company said that, since joining Invista in January 2011 Robles has been vice president of operations for its Intermediates business, playing a key role in launching the latest nylon intermediates technology. This involved a $100-million investment to implement the technology in Texas.
"Kevin's vision and industry knowledge will help further elevate our operational expertise for our customers and the communities in which we operate," said Jeff Gentry, ceo and chairman of the board, Invista.
Robles had more than 20 years of refining and chemical experience with ExxonMobil and Sunoco Inc., where he was vice president of refining excellence.
One goal for Invista's operations team is to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2020. To achieve this, the company will further optimise its current energy practices in addition to investing at its plants to reduce the amount of energy used per tonne of product.
"Invista's commitment to using energy efficiently has resulted in the development of many innovative energy-related strategies at our manufacturing locations around the world," said Robles. "Being good stewards of natural resources is important for the environment, and it's an integral part of how we create value."
Robles succeeds David Dotson, who will transfer to Flint Hills Resources, another Koch company, effective 1 Jan 2013.