Amsterdam, June 15, 2015 – Avantium has announced that it has appointed Steven Olivier as Managing Director of its Catalysis Services & Systems business. Avantium is a global leader in advanced catalysis R&D systems and services for the oil, refinery, chemical and renewable chemistry industry. Steven will be responsible for the growth strategy of this business unit of Avantium.
Steven Olivier has previously worked at Albemarle and AkzoNobel in a range of general management and commercial roles. He has led global businesses across different segments of the catalyst industry in Europe and Asia, and has been responsible for sales & marketing, strategy, technology commercialization, R&D and supply chains. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Leiden University in the Netherlands.
“Steven’s global experience in the catalyst business will be valuable to Avantium as we enter into the next phase of growing our Catalysis services and systems business and strengthening our technological capabilities in the advanced catalysis R&D industry,” said Tom van Aken, CEO of Avantium. “We are pleased to welcome Steven who will bring in-depth customer understanding and seasoned leadership to our Catalysis business.”
Avantium is a leading technology company specialized in the area of advanced catalytic research and renewable chemistry. The company offers two distinct market propositions: Catalysis and YXY. Avantium’s business unit Catalysis is a global leader in advanced catalysis R&D systems and services for the oil, refinery, chemical and renewable chemistry industry. Over the last 15 years Avantium (co)invented multiple new catalysts, new chemical processes and realized significant cost savings allowing the customers to achieve their business objectives much faster than previously possible. Avantium also develops and commercializes YXY – the brand name for its proprietary technology platform to catalytically convert plant based materials into FuranDiCarboxylicAcid (FDCA, a bio-based chemical building block) and polyethylene-furanoate (PEF). PEF is a novel 100% biobased, 100% recycleable polyester with enhanced barrier, thermal and mechanical properties over most existing plastics. Combined with the significant reduction in environmental footprint and a competitive cost outlook, PEF fulfils the criteria to become the next generation bio-based plastic for bottles, film and fibers. Avantium headquarters are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, visit our website at www.avantium.com.