Press release
North America
December 20, 2013

Ann Barkley Steps Down From Evonik Community Advisory Panel After 14 Years

Evonik Morrisburg Site Seeks Nominees To Fill Panel Post

Ann Barkley, a member of the Morrisburg Community Advisory Panel (CAP) at the Evonik Oil Additives Canada Inc. plant, is retiring after 14 years of service.

Composed of community and company representatives who exchange information and ideas at regularly-scheduled meetings at the Morrisburg site, Evonik’s seven-member CAP has been an important communications tool for both the community and company, explains Dr. Andrew Swann, Evonik Site Manager.

“Ann, a retired teacher, has been a strong contributor to the Morrisburg CAP and Evonik thanks her for her unselfish commitment and numerous contributions to the community,” said Dr. Swann.

With Ann’s retirement, the Evonik site is seeking nominations to fill the open position. Interested parties may contact Ms. Catriona Hunter at the Morrisburg plant (

Community awareness has always been an integral part of the company’s operations. Its other community-engagement activities include involvement with the local Emergency Management Operation, open house events and charitable donations to local organizations.

As a long-time member of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), Evonik follows to the association’s Responsible Care® code. This year the plant - located at 12695 County Road in Morrisburg and formerly known as RohMax – observes nearly two decades of being a Responsible Care® company. Responsible Care® - which provides operations, stewardship and accountability goals - was established to address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution, and use of chemicals. Evonik Oil Additives Canada was first recognized as a Responsible Care company in 1995.

“Our adherence to Responsible Care® guidelines demonstrates our commitment to conducting our business and operations in a responsible manner,” said Dr. Swann. “Responsible, safe practices are always a top priority for Evonik Oil Additives Canada, and we will continue to enhance these measures.”

Today more than 80 chemical companies in Canada have joined the Responsible Care® initiative and more than 40 nations worldwide have adopted this approach for a safer management of chemicals.

Evonik Oil Additives Canada Inc. is also certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. ISO certification is a set of international standards for management and verification of good quality management practices.

The 30 employees at the plant make VISCOPLEX® viscosity index improvers (VIIs) and pour point depressants (PPDs), oil additives which enable better oil flow at low temperatures and ensure adequate lubrication at high temperatures. In finished lubricants, VISCOPLEX® additives are optimally formulated to help reduce fuel consumption, reflecting Evonik’s focus on Resource Efficiency.

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Company information

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2012 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €13.4 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.4 billion (excluding Real Estate in both cases).


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