Scott Watkins, Chief #Sustainability Officer at KISCO shares his multi-pivot journey from #PhD, researcher and then innovation exploiter in Australia to Chief Marketing Officer and recently, CSO at one of Korea’s major #chemical firms.
Along with his personal journey, Scott shares how chemical companies like KISCO have moved from the position they were 30 or 40 years ago, where chemical companies were seen as some of the worst polluters. Since then, multiple forces such as national and international regulations, as well as increasing customer demands have brought a real focus on the safety of chemicals that we use in industry every day.
Scott also reminds us of the scale of chemical industry underlies its importance. KISCO customers run from clothing and dye companies to electronic display companies and also to the semi-conductor industry as well. All reliant on companies like KISCO and their supply chains.
Supply chain fragility is an issue key to KISCO and Korea. KISCO’s response has been to deepen its chain. Scott explains; instead of purchasing a semi-finished product and then turning it into the final product, KISCO works out how to turn the raw material into the semi-finished product as well, or at least a few more of the steps.
Scott’s discussion with Alex helps us understand both the scale and the complexity of modern chemical companies.
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