Chemours: Precipitating the Conversation
A Perspective from Mark Vergnano, President and CEO of The Chemours Company
At Chemours, we think of ourselves as helping to create a colorful, capable, and cleaner world through the power of
chemistry. Our products are critical ingredients in buildings, transportation, electronics, home goods, and energy
solutions—all essential to making life better the world over. So why delight? How does a word that evokes carefree fun and even unbridled joy fit our world of discovery,
application development, and purposeful, solution-driven commerce? Well, simply like this: Chemistry is also essential to how we
Anatomy of delight
Think of it this way. All of us who read C&EN are more than just engineers, scientists, and business professionals.
We're also musicians, weekend warriors, craftspeople, gourmands, visual artists, and more. We express ourselves—our
fun-loving selves—in so many ways that are made possible by those molecules we manipulate, those formulas we pore over,
and those experiments we undertake during our day jobs. Chemistry makes fun possible!
I rarely stop to wonder at the car that I drive to work or the insulation that keeps my house comfortable, but exciting
and unusual experiences do stand out for me—like the opening ceremonies of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The drones,
augmented reality, and pyrotechnics amazed me—so much so that I asked myself, how'd they do that? The answer, of course,
With that in mind, in this series we've set out to take a closer look at the chemistry underlying other magical, memorable
experiences we share with our friends and families, aiming to highlight the role chemistry plays in these moments of
exuberance and wonder. Our products that go into building materials, communications, electronics, truck and car manufacturing,
mining, energy storage and generation, coatings, and refrigeration help bring these experiences to life, just as they
enable the routine but necessary.
Dimensions of delight
Delight is serious business to us, and we take pride in our contribution to helping bring treasured pastimes and glee
to people around the globe. But we're even prouder of our relentless focus on another dimension of delight—delighting
our customers. Chemours brings a relentless customer-first focus to our suite of trusted, iconic brands, combining
best-performing chemical compounds with our preoccupation with meeting the needs of our customers and the markets they
serve. To us, delighting our customers may mean co-designing a new formulation or anticipating a new application the
market will need in years to come. It may mean getting ahead of large-scale technological shifts so that when our customers
require special capabilities or properties from our chemistry, we're ready with just the right product.
At Chemours, we call this being customer centered—one of the values that animates our company. It drives us forward to find new applications for
proven chemistry and to find new chemistry to make life better and, yes, sometimes even fill us with delight.
I hope you enjoy this series. And perhaps the next time you go to a concert, have a great meal, ride a roller coaster
with your kids, or spend a day in the great outdoors, you'll think about chemistry, our shared passion—because, ladies and gentlemen, what we do makes all of this possible.
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