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Automotive Chemicals

Industry Overview:

Without automotive chemicals, there would be no automotive industry. Providing everything from adhesives and antifreeze to waxes and windshield wiper fluid, these chemicals are the backbones that keep our cars on the road. Being simply “effective” is no longer sufficient – good is the enemy of great - automotive chemicals must constantly push the boundaries of improvement, striving for greatness.

In many ways, this progress of this industry mirrors the progress of our modern society. As society becomes concerned about sustainability, personal safety, and eco-friendliness, so do our automotive companies. In the last 20 years, the average age of US passenger cars has risen more than 35%, so automotive chemicals must work harder to ensure a vehicle’s long life. These chemicals must also help automobiles to obtain their environmental goals – from increased fuel economy to decreased emissions, while playing their role in maintaining vehicle integrity & safety.

Common Applications:

  • Resins – polyurethane, polypropylene, etc.
  • Specialty resins – polyvinyl butyral, etc.
  • Composites, laminates, etc.
  • Automotive intermediates
  • Silicones, surfactants, etc.
  • Polymers, elastomers, polyolefins, etc.
  • Oils, rubber
  • Performance-enhancing solutions
  • Manufacturing – toll, batch, etc.
  • Formulation
  • Testing
  • Supply chain
  • Recycling, waste disposal, environmental


With almost 35 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.

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