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Industrial Alchemy

I recently met with the senior manufacturing personnel at the flagship site of a top-fifty chemical company to discuss the company’s first Six Sigma project. There were 12 of us in the room and, between us, we mustered 11 PhDs. It goes without saying that all of the doctorates were in chemistry and that I was the odd man out. At one point, the senior technical expert seated on my right interrupted the conversation by asking, with the utmost sincerity, if it would help if he explained to me the detailed chemistry of the process! Well, of course it wouldn’t! For one thing, I wouldn’t understand his explanation and, for another, we were supposed to be discussing plants and products, not molecules and atoms.

This incident illustrates both the strength and the weakness of this industry. The mind boggles at the ability that some people have to grasp all of the detail between the extremes of massive, complex production plants at one level, and covalent bonding and atomic interactions at another. What’s more, this expertise isn’t just limited to the technical functions; very often many of the most senior executives and managers throughout the company will also be highly qualified chemists, even though their day jobs may rely little on these qualifications. There’s only so much expertise that the human mind can master, though. Perhaps part of the trouble with the chemical industry is that it has within it too many people who know so much about the technical minutiae, that it becomes difficult for them to see the wood for the trees.


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Paul Beaumont joined WCI in 1994. Since then he has worked in many organisations across a number of sectors, including chemical, life sciences, aerospace, and manufacturing engineering. Paul’s key role is the design, management and implementation of large, complex change programmes where he is able to deploy a rich mixture of technical and change management capabilities. His speciality is supply chain and manufacturing, including Lean, planning and Six Sigma methodologies. Paul holds a degree in Physics from Southampton University and has a Diploma in Management Studies.
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