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Wood and Gum Chemicals

Overview Industry Overview:

Wood chemicals play a key role in protecting our environment – by safeguarding wood products from insects and decay, they greatly reduce our need to harvest more trees. These chemicals are used for residential and commercial buildings, and various infrastructure constructions – including the approximately 180 million wooden utility poles currently in use in the United States, most of which are at least 50 years old. Gum chemicals are equally influential in their diverse array of uses. These products play a part in the formulation of adhesives and sealants, both paper and the ink that adorns it, soaps and pharmaceuticals, and rubber and plastics.

The wood and gum chemical industry has seen its ups and downs in the last hundred years. As wood treatment became more effective, so, too, did demand increase for these high-quality construction materials. Particularly influential to this industry was the rise of outdoor barbecue grills and charcoal briquettes. Demand was negatively influenced by the rise of synthetic chemicals, but just as quickly reversed as environmental concerns regarding these artificial replacements were raised. Today, the wood and gum chemical industry remains a significant player in the global marketplace.

App 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.

Solutions Solutions:

With more than 30 years as a top chemical industry recruitment firm, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their ongoing quest to find highly qualified professionals. As Talent Acquisition experts, 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 quickly deliver exceptional results 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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Wood and Gum Chemicals


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In a very specialized industry like the cosmetic market, locating the right candidates having the right skills we needed was thought to be a difficult task.  However, due to the very sophisticated network capabilities that Ropella & Associates maintains…the team we have developed here at New Phase Technologies is impeccable.

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