ADM Names Robert Broomham Business Director of Industrial Chemicals
“Biobased industrial chemicals made from renewable feedstocks meet two needs we’re seeing in the global marketplace – the desire to improve a product’s environmental footprint, and the desire to reduce the use of petroleum-based products,” Harjehausen said. “As one of the world’s largest processors of renewable feedstocks, ADM is uniquely positioned to succeed in this area.”
“With more than 20 years of experience in the chemical industry, Robert is exceptionally well qualified to lead our chemicals business,” Harjehausen added. “We are excited about the expertise he will bring to ADM as we grow this business and provide customers with high-quality alternatives to petroleum-based industrial products.”
Broomham recently served in business and commercial leadership positions for The Dow Chemical Company, and previously held positions within that company in sales, marketing and government public policy. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University.
Harjehausen noted that ADM began in 1902 as Daniels Linseed Company, which produced linseed oil for industrial applications. Today, ADM’s Industrial Chemicals group produces industrial products – such as polymers, solvents and starches – from renewable feedstocks.
In addition, ADM is constructing a facility in Decatur, Ill., to produce propylene glycol from biobased, renewable resources. Once the facility is complete, ADM will be the only producer of renewable propylene glycol that meets United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards. USP is an official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other health care products manufactured or sold in the United States.
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