Know Your Wood – Summer 2019

August 16th 2019

Know Your Wood – Summer 2019
Recent changes at Lonza

As you may be aware, on June 3, it was announced that the Specialty Ingredients (LSI) segment, of which Wood Protection is a part, has been carved out from Pharma Biotech and Nutrition (LPBN) business of Lonza. We are excited about this positive news for our business for many reasons.  

As a result of the carve-out, LSI will operate independently but remain fully owned by Lonza Group. We will continue to benefit from Lonza’s financial stability, integrated supply chain, and extensive expertise. However, we will have more autonomous leadership, allowing us to make more effective and efficient decisions to more quickly react to evolving business needs.

Further, decision-making will be driven by more relevant criteria. Specialty chemicals business models are very different than pharmaceutical manufacturing organizations and the new structure allows us to establish business expectations, metrics and practices that are reasonable for our markets.  As an independent business, we will also have more visibility and control over our spending. This makes us a more competitive and sustainable organization.

The biggest benefit is that we’ll be able to directly reinvest into our own business rather than funding growth in other areas. Sven Abend, Executive Vice President and COO of the LSI segment, commented, “The carve-out represents a significant opportunity for LSI. It will enhance our performance levels by improving efficiency, creating synergies and delivering an improved customer value proposition. The carve-out will also deliver greater levels of transparency and control, which will give us the opportunity to shape our future and drive our success.”

Our Wood Protection business is a significant portion of the LSI Segment and is a core part of LSI. Lonza is committed to supporting growth in Wood Protection. Targeted investments include plant upgrades (in addition to some significant projects we recently completed), additional resources, new technology, as well as new personnel (see job openings below and future postings on our social media pages). Our business is growing and evolving, expanding with new customers, new partnerships and new offerings. As we embrace these developments, we concentrate our focus on providing industry-leading service to our customers.

We’d like to thank you, our valued customers, for your continued partnerships and are excited about our bright future together.

What’s new at Lonza?We’re hiring! 

Please be sure to share these openings with qualified candidates in your network as well as on your social media sites.
Regional Environmental, Health and Safety ManagerApply Here
Quality Control TechnicianApply Here
Regulatory Assurance SpecialistApply Here
Business Development Manager for Wood Specialties MarketApply Here
Retail Marketing ManagerApply Here
Technical Service Specialist – CanadaApply Here

Personnel News

Lonza Wood Protection welcomes Joshua Roth to the role of Building Codes & Product Standards Manager where he will be primarily responsible for the development and growth of Lonza’s wood treatment technologies in compliance with the building codes and industry standards. Josh will represent Lonza at building code and standard setting organization meetings and provide support to customers, specifiers and end users regarding the application of codes and product standards. 

Josh is no stranger to the construction industry, having spent 20+ years as a state licensed general contractor, private developer, and Building Official, where he managed multifamily, commercial, utilities, and single family projects. Josh has been involved in code development on the local, state, and national level. Josh’s success is derived from the diverse range of organization’s he has had the privilege of working with that  include small private business, municipal government, and a fortune 500 company.

Josh comes to us from CH2M where he served as a Chief Building Official and was instrumental in creating local building related codes and ordinances for the City of Stonecrest. Prior to that, Josh worked for the City of Americus as their Planning & Inspection Director.

In his spare time, Josh likes fishing with his wife and 2 boys, golfing, and spending time at the lake.

Steven Jang is the Technical Services Manager of the Analytical Services Lab at the Conley Technology Center of Lonza Wood Protection. Steven joined Lonza in 2006 and has held various positions in analytical research and development, and most recently he was the leader of CoE where he was responsible for managing analytical testing and development support for various Lonza Specialty Ingredient businesses. 

Steven holds a BS and a MS in Chemistry from Dankook University in South Korea, a MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, and a PhD in Environmental & Analytical Chemistry from Rutgers University, USA. 

Congratulations to Peter Osborne 
He is representing Lonza as the AWPA’s new President, serving the 2019-2020 term, as he enters his well-earned retirement. 

Wood Protection’s James Hurley and Ed Nichenko spoke at AWPA’s Spring Conference.
James Hurley presented Kinetic Modeling of Fire Retardant Treated (FRT) Wood Pyrolysisprepared by James Hurley, Olivera Zivkovic and Adegoke Adekunle. The presentation highlighted the pyrolysis of southern yellow pine sawdust, treated with various flame retardants and investigated using a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) under dynamic heating conditions in an inert gas environment. The resulting kinetic model from the study is useful for predicting thermal decomposition and pyrolysis mass loss under various in-use and high temperature fire scenarios, and thus provides a technique for quickly screening new fire retardants.

Ed Nichenko presented Non-linear Regression of Preservative Performance Using Multivariate Probit or Weibull Distribution Models: an Extension of the Classical Hartford and Colley Approach, prepared by Ed Nichenko, James Hurley and Darrel Nicholas. The presentation features additional study of the Hartford Colley (HC) 1984 paper “The Rationale of Preservative Evaluation by Field Testing and Mathematical Modeling,” in which HC presented a powerful log-probability method for wood durability analysis, based on a probit transformation of the data. Despite its ease of implementation and the wealth of information that is obtainable, the HC approach is still widely unknown and little practiced by the wood preservative community today. In this article, the team reviewed the steps required to perform such non-linear regressions analyses of wood durability data using Microsoft Excel. Several sets of data were used to test the usefulness of this methodology.

The presentations were well received by the AWPA audience that included scientists, business heads, and members of sales and marketing teams.   
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In the news:
See our writeup in Extreme How-To where we created a fun bar planter made out of Wolmanized®Outdoor® Wood.Watch and share our inspiring video on building your own backyard oasis.The bar planter and video were also featured inExtreme-How-To’s summer issue.
Just For Fun:
Lonza recently hosted Bring your Kid to Work Day where the children of employees got to be superheroes for a day and conduct some science experiments. The future of Lonza is cute!