NOVI, MI — Cooper-Standard Automotive has named James McElya chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. McElya had previously served as president and CEO. S.A. “Tony” Johnson, who had previously served as chairman, has assumed the role of lead director. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company also appointed Ed Hasler to president and the newly-created role of chief operating officer. In this role, Hasler is responsible for leading the global operational activities for the company’s three divisions. For the past three years Hasler has been president of the company’s global sealing division, and prior to that Hasler was in charge of the company’s International division. Hasler will retain his role as president of the global sealing division in addition to his new responsibilities. For more information about Cooper-Standard, go to: http://www.cooperstandard.com,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
Source: LNG EdgeRussian production rates at Yamal and Sakhalin were especially impressive in 2019.But US LNG took centre stage, with 35.6m tonnes produced, up by almost 15m tonnes year-on-year. The increase will continue next year with the US set to produce almost 57m tonnes, according to the LNG Edge supply forecast. Much will depend on the successful ramp-ups of remaining new trains at Freeport and Cameron LNG.Production from several of the more mature producers was higher too in 2019.Algerian and Egyptian exports both rose by more than 2m tonnes, with Egypt producing 3.5m tonnes as its domestic gas supply continued to improve.Malaysian production improved substantially from 2018 when feedgas issues reduced operating rates, with a similar story from Papua New Guinea where production recovered after the drop in 2018 caused by a nearby earthquake.EuropeEuropean LNG imports rose close to 76m tonnes in 2019, by far the highest ever recorded, according to the provisional data.LNG sellers used the European market to absorb the global oversupply with a rise in spot sales and portfolio sellers bringing more cargoes into their own European terminal positions.Among the list of records was the 8m tonnes imported by Europe in December, the highest on record, with the UK importing more than 2m tonnes.Europe absorbed over 21% of all LNG produced globally in 2019, up from 13% in 2018 in what was by far the most significant change across all regions.This trend of higher European imports will likely continue in 2020 unless there is a major shift in short-term demand in Asia over the rest of the winter and the following summer.The volume of LNG coming to Europe pushed down traded hub prices and supported storage injection over the summer, putting the market in good shape as the winter began.Sharp import increases were recorded across most European countries, with Dutch and Belgian imports both more than doubling.In volume terms, the most significant increases were in France where imports rose by over 6.5m tonnes to 16m tonnes, and the UK which received over 13m tonnes, up by more than 8m tonnes from 2018.Qatar pushed a lot more LNG into European markets, especially the UK, with more from the US and Russia too. Source: LNG EdgeEast AsiaIn a major reversal from the preceding two years, total East Asian LNG imports fell in 2019 year-on-year, with weakness from Japan and South Korea.Combined imports into those two countries, China and Taiwan stood at 196.5m tonnes, still by far the most significant importing area. But this figure was down by around 1m tonnes from 2018.In both 2017 and 2018 the region’s imports rose by around 20m tonnes which helped to absorb a large portion of rising global supply.Japanese LNG imports fell by 7% in 2019, with South Korea down by 8%.The LNG Edge demand forecast shows a small rise in Japanese LNG demand in Japan in 2020 linked to lower nuclear power generation, but further declines from South Korea.Most important was the slowdown in the growth of Chinese LNG imports as coal-to-gas switching eased and economic growth struggled. Chinese LNG imports were up by over 8m tonnes to 61.9m tonnes but this was a lesser increase than over the previous three years.Utilisation at a number of China’s key import terminals was very high, with others still lacking sufficient linkage to the grid to support larger send-out.How China’s new independent gas pipeline and infrastructure operator develops in 2020 will be an important factor in the evolution of LNG imports and the ability that new companies have to take import positions.East Asia as a whole accounted for 55% of global LNG demand, compared with 62% in 2018.South AsiaBeyond East Asia and Europe, south and southeast Asia are the two key import regions that sellers are focusing on. There is substantial gas demand in the region, at the right price, but progress to open up new markets has been slow in recent years.Across the existing importers, Pakistan and Bangladesh imported a combined 12m tonnes in 2019, up from 7.4m tonnes in 2018. Initial full-year data from LNG Edge shows exports at 355m tonnes in 2019, up from 314.9m tonnes in 2018, representing the largest ever increase in production.While East Asian, especially Chinese, demand increased in 2017 and 2018 to absorb additional production, there was little change in 2019.Instead, supply pushed into Europe and reached a record high, having a major impact on regional hub pricing with price correlations growing between Europe and Asia.QatarIn the battle for top exporter, Qatar held onto first place, producing 77.4m tonnes, according to the provisional LNG Edge data. This was very close to nameplate capacity.Australia came in a close second, at 76.1m tonnes, a rise of over 8m tonnes and should take top spot in 2020, based on the LNG Edge supply forecast.Of the 40m tonne increase in supply, the majority – 33m tonnes – came from Australia, Russia and the US. The growth in Indian imports is restricted by the lack of new available infrastructure, but demand did rise by over 1m tonnes to 23.8m tonnes in 2019.The addition of more import capacity in 2020 could boost Indian imports to over 26m tonnes, according to the LNG Edge demand forecast.Middle East, AmericasRising domestic gas production and competing power generation meant that LNG imports into the Middle East and Americas both fell in 2019, despite the oversupply and low spot prices.Americas’ demand accounted for just 4.1% of global supply, down from 4.8% in 2018.While Brazilian LNG imports held up well, demand from both Argentina and Mexico fell.The Middle East absorbed 1.9% of global supply, down from 2.9% in 2018, largely a result of Egypt stepping away from imports.But while Kuwait will continue as the most significant importer in the region – especially with the start of Al-Zour terminal due for 2021, Jordanian imports fell by half.This came just as the first Israeli pipe gas from the Leviathan gas field arrived in Jordan at the end of the year.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? 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The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has placed an immediate suspension on the importation of pesticides that contain the acting ingredient glyphosate.Acting on the advice of the Pesticides Board, the government said the chemical is found in pesticides such as Round-Up, Touchdown and Glyphos.According to a statement on Friday, the move is pending a technical review by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labor.“A preliminary review was conducted by the Pesticides Board which revealed that further research is needed regarding these listed chemicals. In the interim, a special technical committee was established to advise on sustainable alternatives to the listed chemicals. This committee is expected to present its findings by October 1,” the statement noted.Meanwhile, the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) have been requested to provide support to the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct a full chemical analysis of these products.National sensitization programThe Ministry of Agriculture is also scheduled to launch a national sensitization program with all stakeholders within the sector. “The Department of Labor takes this opportunity to remind farmers and farm workers of the duty of care needed while using all chemicals. All employers must provide protective gears and a safe working environment for employees in accordance with the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” the statement added.With the suspension of these products, Agriculture Minister Saboto Caesar, has called on all stakeholders to be appreciative of the suspension on the importation of the chemicals “in light of the nation’s quest to promote a safe working environment and good agricultural health and food safety practices.”
In his last year of competing on the Olympic Bobsled Team, Steve Messler and his sister wanted to do something that would make a difference using his experience as an athlete.Messler explains that growing up, his parents were teachers, his sister is a teacher and so is he, so doing something that involved schools was just natural.He says he did the talk thing in schools that everyone who is successful does, but wanted to do more.“We wanted to find a way that I could have an impact utilizing all the incredible stuff that I had learned along the way, and show kids that it wasn’t just two and a half weeks on T.V. but there is a process to doing big things in life,” Messler said.With that, Classroom of Champions is what came out of that goal.Messler said that technology is the best way they can communicate and build a relationship with students in the program because it allowes more than just the one time meeting in person.“We knew that creating relationships with those kids for them to learn, especially ones in troubling circumstances, they need to trust the people that they are working with and learning from.”Messler said that the organization has spread across seven different countries since it started, with major programs in the United States and Canada.There have been 1,900 kids learning from 80 Olympians, Paralympians and University Athletes.Messler said that the words they use to describe their students are “Grit and Resilience” because they learn through their mentor that they can push through anything in life.“They see their Paralympian Michelle Salt who is a Calgarian, they see her overcoming adversity of a motorcycle accident, and having a positive outlook on life with her having lost a leg. They now think well I can certainly get through my math test now, or I can certainly deal with this or I can treat somebody else better because I know this person who is a little bit different then me but I look up to.”Applications for the 2017-2018 school year for the classroom of Champions close June 30.For more information on the application and program click here.