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Wood and Gum Chemicals

Industry Overview:

New techniques are needed for this historic and valuable industry, which dates back many centuries. The emphasis is on reduced costs and new applications that open markets and increase stability.

Technology can find new, more efficient uses in pharmaceutical and medicinal products, which were more “recession-proof” than some traditional markets like paint and coatings in the downtown of 2008. It also can lower energy costs and process raw materials more effectively.

Along with a solid grasp of technology, the most valuable employees provide intuitive thinking when imagining ways to enhance this industry’s natural and synthetic chemicals. Ropella’s 12-step process will find the right hire for an employer’s specific needs in science, technology and allied fields.

Common Applications:
  • Manufacturing – hardwood, softwood, etc.
  • Turpentine, oils and finishes, etc.
  • Distilling
  • Polymer, cellulose, etc.
  • Hemicelloses, mannose, etc.
  • Lignin
  • Extractives, exudants, etc.
  • Tall oil
  • Kraft pulping
  • Wood hydrolysis
  • Wood gasification
  • Environmental concerns
  • Bio-oils
  • Silvichemicals
  • Ethanol, menthanol, etc.
Look for our articles in Forest Chemicals Review and other industry publications..

With over 25 years as a top chemical industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
We read and write for industry publications, including:
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We have served and developed relationships with leading companies in the industry, including:
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Thank you for your very thorough and detailed comments in the offer negotiations. I’m really impressed by the quality of the information. I also appreciated your prompt responses and the Checkster reference/personality profile was very helpful. I look forward to our continued partnership.

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