Dr. Josef Ertl to consult Vinnolit as Member of the Advisory Board

Dr. Josef Ertl will retire from his role as Managing Director and CEO of Vinnolit effective 31 October 2015. As previously announced, beginning 1 November 2015, his successor as Managing Director will be Dr. Karl-Martin Schellerer.

In the future, Dr. Ertl will consult Vinnolit as a Member of the Advisory Board, supporting Vinnolit in its strategic development.

"We are delighted that Dr. Ertl will continue to support Vinnolit as a Member of the Advisory Board. During his tenure, he has helped shape and build Vinnolit into the company that we know today and we look forward to this continued partnership," stated Albert Chao, President and CEO of Vinnolit´s parent company Westlake Chemical. “We are excited about the addition of Dr. Schellerer to our team and are confident that he will make important contributions to Vinnolit‘s ongoing growth and development.”

No. 4/2015

Dr. Oliver Mieden, Head of Environmental Affairs & Corporate Communications
Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG, Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25, 85737 Ismaning, Germany
Phone: +49 89 96103-210, Fax: -122, E-mail: oliver.mieden@vinnolit.com

Andrea Walter, Public Relations Officer
Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG, Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25, 85737 Ismaning, Germany
Phone: +49 89 96103-240, Fax: -122, E-mail: andrea.walter@vinnolit.com

Vinnolit Group

With an annual capacity of 780,000 metric tonnes (1.7 billion lbs) Vinnolit, a Westlake company, is one of the leading PVC producers in Europe and, worldwide, is the market and technical leader in specialty PVC.

National and international activities of the company are managed from Ismaning, near Munich. Production sites are in Burghausen, Gendorf, Knapsack, Cologne, Schkopau and Hillhouse (UK). With 1,400 staff, Vinnolit has an annual turnover of ca. €900 million. Managing Directors are James Yuan Chao, Albert Yuan Chao, M. Steven Bender, Robert F. Buesinger, Dr. Josef Ertl (until 31/10/2015) and Dr. Karl-Martin Schellerer (from 01/11/2015).

Vinnolit produces and markets a wide range of PVC products covering all kinds of PVC applications, e.g. in the building & construction sector, in the automobile industry or in the medical sector. Whether the PVC is for flooring, wall covering, window profiles, pipes, rigid film, technical coatings, automotive sealants, cable sheathing or medical applications, Vinnolit is able to offer a suitable solution for all demands.

Additionally Vinnolit produces and markets intermediates such as caustic soda, vinyl chloride and tin tetrachloride, which are required in the chemical industry as well as in many other branches.

Vinnolit participates in the worldwide Responsible Care programme of the chemical industry to continuously improve safety, health and environmental protection and supports VinylPlus, the voluntary commitment of the European PVC industry towards sustainable development, as ‘Official Partner’ financially, ideally and through active participation.


Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK)

Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company’s range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC suspension and specialty resins and PVC building products including pipe and specialty components, windows, fence, deck and film. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.westlake.com.