PRESIDENT STEVE TAYLOR DISCUSSES EXPANDING OUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT WHILE DRIVING A CULTURE OF SAFETY

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STEVE TAYLOR
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT, NALCO CHAMPION

I am quite pleased to say that our business continues to grow very strongly across the Nalco Champion business groups and around the world as we move ahead with market-leading technology, personally delivered to our customers. This has been both an exciting and challenging first 500 days for Nalco Champion, and it is a credit to each of our employees that we have achieved so much through outstanding hard work and customer focus. We have a unique business model that has only been strengthened by merging the two companies.

In this issue of NC Magazine, you’ll read about how we are investing to support our rapidly expanding businesses internationally, with the completion of our new Eastern Hemisphere Core Plant (EHCP) on Singapore’s Jurong Island. This represents our largest-ever infrastructure investment outside of North America and reflects our confidence in the prospects for the Eastern Hemisphere and our commitment to improving lead times for our customers and de-risking our supply chain from raw material, currency and potential hurricane events on the U.S. Gulf Coast. We look forward to opening the plant this October, and we are already commissioning its expansion having, to date, sold out its capacity.

OUR SAFETY FOCUS

A key highlight of the EHCP project is the more than 3.0 million hours of safe work that have gone into its construction. We will celebrate this huge accomplishment with our team on site, thanking these outstanding people for their work in adopting our safety culture and values. Along these lines, we recently published our GOAL ZERO safety expectations policy. The document clearly lays out what we expect from all our employees and contractors across the globe and aligns with the safety policies of our customers. It emphasizes that each of us is personally responsible and accountable for working safely. We also are responsible for those around us — colleagues, contractors and the community. I ask our employees to read the safety policy and take it to heart. I remind our partners that we encourage all of our employees to use stop work authority at any time unsafe work conditions are observed or are likely to occur. I ask us all to remember that there is no job so important or journey so urgent that it cannot be accomplished safely.

ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY

While many of our customers realize that Nalco Champion provides solutions from the reservoir to the refinery, too few are aware of our particular expertise in the field of enhanced oil recovery (EOR). We’re pleased to remedy that oversight with a story highlighting the specific expertise of two Nalco Champion companies, TIORCO and FabTech. From the RD&E behind our chemical programs to the equipment building capabilities necessary to feed chemicals for any application, TIORCO and FabTech collaboration is transforming EOR programs.

DRIVING INNOVATION

A gathering in Sugar Land in September involved approximately 300 of our highly respected researchers and technical and marketing minds coming together for our annual Solvers Symposium. Together with key leaders of our organization, our teams collaborated on solutions to our customers toughest problems and shared some phenomenal achievements. Teams also heard directly from leading experts in the realms of space exploration and medicine on how we can adopt ideas from each field to advance our own unique innovation activities. For more on how we look outside of oil and gas for solutions to the industry’s most pressing challenges, take a few minutes to read “The New and Novel.” I think you’ll find it fascinating.

MAINTAINING OUR MOMENTUM

I am optimistic about our ability to continue our innovation, technical and logistics support as we do all we can to serve our customers. We are adding more than 800 people to the Nalco Champion team this year to provide exceptional service while supporting continued growth. This will present opportunities for new employees and development opportunities for those already on our team. I realize there are still areas for improvement as we continue to align inside Ecolab, and we will work through those areas to get to our “new normal” as soon as possible. I thank you for your support and the trust and confidence you place in our people, products and services.

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MAINTAIN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Don’t allow the “normalization of deviance.” Open your eyes to your actions and your surroundings, identify the hazards and take appropriate action for the safety of yourself and your colleagues.
Alistair Manifold
Account Manager, Australia

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