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"The secret to successful collaboration"

By Michael Rempe, Senior Lead Account Manager, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics

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The secret to successful collaboration is a winning team.

A winning team is not afraid of tough targets and moving beyond its ‘comfort zone’. Team members trust each other, consistently bring new ideas to the table and have one common goal.

I am continually impressed by Dow colleagues and customers who embrace this formula. Every day I witness winning teams with strong entrepreneurial spirits, channelling their energy into problem-solving and finding new, innovative ways of doing things.

In my role as lead account and project manager, being solution-driven and working together with value chain partners is imperative. We need the right partners and processes in place to make sure our projects and innovations run smoothly. Most importantly, we need to ensure that improvements are measurable for all parties.

This collaborative spirit is critically important in plastics and composites production, as we seek new ways to address global challenges such as mobility, food, safety and health issues. As an industry, we also have an important role to play in helping to create a sustainable economy. Winning teams can play a crucial role in this regard, finding smarter ways to use innovative raw materials and processes to help our planet.

Michael is based in Germany and is responsible for commercial accounts and project management for the Packaging & Specialty Plastics business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH) & EMEA region at Dow.