Interview with Mr Henry Roth

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Mr Henry Roth
Mr Henry Roth
President & CEO
MEGlobal International FZE
MEGlobal International FZE

MEG is one of the basic raw materials used in the polyester industry. As a leader in this sector, how do you estimate the future prospects of the polyester industry worldwide?

The prospects of the polyester industry worldwide remain excellent. This particular industry has not only seen exceptional growth rates in the past few years, but importantly, because of the ever-widening application base for polyester, the outlook remains positive.

Geographically, which countries do you see as the most potential markets for your line of operations?

China has moved itself into an absolutely dominant position within the polyester industry. However, more generically speaking, any country that can combine high productivity at low cost with the required technical standards for product acceptance in global markets can be successful in this business.

These days, textile fiber industry is marked with a drift towards Far East. How much possibility do you envisage for petrochemicals following the same trade?

The demographics in terms of population, consumption and spending power would predict that the Far East will be a major focal point for petrochemicals.

As compliance to REACH, what policies are followed at MEGlobal?

MEGlobal fully supports the objectives of REACH and the responsibility that legislation places on all members of the value chain to manage the safe use of chemicals. Working with CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, we have been actively engaged in supporting effective and workable legislation, and are now shifting our attention to work with our customers and suppliers on REACH implementation.

As a joint venture of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) in the US, MEGlobal is working through Dow’s REACH implementation program management office, preparing to meet the compliance requirements of the legislation. MEGlobal will ensure pre-registration of its products, monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diethylene glycol (DEG), with assistance from Dow’s corporate expertise and service functions.

We anticipate that our current product portfolio will be registered for typical downstream uses pending further technical guidance.

MEGlobal is designated as EnviroVista leader for third year. Fibre2fashion congratulates your group for this accolade. How about your CSR commitments?

Thank you. MEGlobal is very proud of the EnviroVista leader recognition and is one of only 30 facilities in Alberta, Canada honored for outstanding performance that exceeds the expectations of the province’s environmental legislation and demonstrates responsibility, product stewardship and an ongoing commitment to improving environmental performance.

With regard to our CSR efforts, our company plays an active role in the communities in which we operate and are committed to enhancing the quality of life wherever we can. Our community contributions program supports projects that align with at least one element of sustainable development; economic prosperity, social responsibility or environmental stewardship.

For instance, MEGlobal is a major sponsor of the Ellis Bird Farm, a working farm and non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Mountain Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and other native cavity-nesting birds which is located opposite our Prentiss manufacturing site in Red Deer, Canada. We also sponsor one of the all-hybrid electric bus fleet in the town of Banff, Canada, North America’s first known municipality to have an entire public transit fleet of hybrid vehicles.

MEGlobal employees are also encouraged to be active members of their communities. Our Employee Involvement Program is designed to recognize, encourage and support the active volunteer efforts of employees who contribute their time to registered charities and non-profit community service organizations with an annual donation. Since the program’s inception in 2005, MEGlobal has donated more than $10,000 to this effort.

And following this years major earthquake that devastated China’s Sichuan province in May, MEGlobal donated RMB 500,000 to the Red Cross in China to support ongoing relief efforts in the country where many colleagues and customers were affected by this natural disaster.

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Published on: 13/10/2008

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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