Recently, LyondellBasell’s Channelview site hosted German business and diplomatic representatives seeking to learn more about the company’s sustainability initiatives and how its products are bringing sustainable solutions to German businesses.
German American Chamber of Commerce South (GACC South), President and CEO, Matthias Hoffmann and Texas Manager, Elisabeth Wagner, as well as Consul General of Germany in Houston, Kai Hennig, met with LyondellBasell representatives to discuss the company’s sustainability goals. During the visit, they discussed LyondellBasell’s global sustainability projects, initiatives at its Channelview site and information about its suite of Advanced Polymers Solutions products offering sustainable solutions. The group closed out their visit with a tour of the Channelview Complex including its propylene oxide/tertiary butyl alcohol plant currently under construction.
“It was an honor to host our esteemed guests and to help them understand our approach to sustainability, both globally and within our Advanced Polymers Solutions portfolio of products,” said Achim Schmitz, LyondellBasell Chief of Staff of Global Manufacturing Performance. “We have a number of active projects collaborating with German brand owners, suppliers and customers to provide sustainable solutions and we are pleased to highlight those for this visit.”
LyondellBasell has eight manufacturing sites in Germany and its Wesseling site is the company’s second largest manufacturing site.
“It was very interesting to see one of the largest petrochemical facilities on the Gulf Coast from close up and to learn about their sustainability initiatives,” said Hoffmann. “LyondellBasell has strong ties to and wide operations in Germany. The GACC South works to leverage German-American cooperation to the benefit of both our countries’ companies as well as economies. We are happy to have strong partners here in Houston in the German-American business community.”
GACC South is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta and serves as the official representative of German industry and trade in the Southern U.S. It is a part of an international network composed of 140 German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and delegation offices in 92 countries.
Hennig, who was appointed to his new role in Houston in July, took the visit as an opportunity to learn more about sustainable initiatives of the local industry with German ties.
“The LyondellBasell facilities and operations in Channelview reflect the company’s global influence in new products and technologies,” said Hennig. “I was impressed by LyondellBasell’s commitment to UN sustainable development goals set forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular the efforts in reduction of plastics.”