Infineum’s new Global Centre of Innovation creates over 50 specialist jobs

Infineum, one of the world leaders in the formulation, manufacture and marketing of petroleum additives for fuels and lubricants, officially opened their new Global Centre of Innovation on Friday 8 November, at their Headquarters in Milton Hill.

This multi-million pound investment in their site close to Didcot, has generated more than 50 new jobs for talented chemists and engineers, to research better and more sustainable solutions in the automotive, transmissions and fuels additives business.  This influx of talent provides the opportunity for Infineum to accelerate on their journey of creating a sustainable future using innovative chemistry.

The new state-of-the-art building delivers improved infrastructure that supports their technology leadership, including new laboratories for leading edge research and development, along with a variety of collaborative and agile meeting spaces, and a new restaurant for employees and visitors.

The new building has been designed with sustainability in mind and includes solar panels on the roof, a roof garden, LED lighting throughout, and water and electricity optimisation and efficiency investments.

Trevor Russell, Infineum’s Global CEO, and the Rt Hon. Ed Vaizey, former Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot, welcomed key customers and industry partners to a networking event which enabled guests from around the world to experience the building first-hand through guided tours.

“I am pleased to be here opening this Centre of Innovation for Infineum.  Companies like this are part of the important eco system that drive the UK economy.” Ed Vaizey, former MP Wantage and Didcot.

“Milton Hill is our key global site for technology and innovation.  I am very proud to have opened this new facility with state-of-the-art laboratories and collaboration spaces. This, along with the 50 highly-qualified new colleagues we have recruited, will help us continue to lead the world in developing technologies with huge environmental benefit.” Trevor Russell, CEO

Infineum announces leadership changes

Thursday 7 November Infineum CEO, Trevor Russell announced changes in responsibility to his leadership team to support future growth aspirations.

Effective 1 January 2020, the corporate leadership team will be as follows:

Philippe Creteur will move to the position of EVP of Sales, with accountability for delivering an excellent overall customer experience

Aldo Govi will move to the position of EVP Business Growth and Technology to continue to drive growth through innovative product development

Chris Locke will move to the position of EVP Supply and Operational Excellence focused on delivering this with the highest levels of safety and reliability

Rebecca Oldfield will become EVP Business Transformation and digitalisation to help the organisation to transform into a world class specialty company

Carl Howard will continue as General Counsel, Mike Chen as China President.

Other positions reporting to the CEO are Marco Maccio as Global HSSE Director and Maurizio Abbondanza as the executive sponsor of Sustainability.

“We have reshaped our organisation to align functions and roles with our strategic imperatives. These are exciting times for us and our customers, as we set ourselves up to thrive in the future as we have done in the past” Trevor Russell CEO

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