HOUSTON—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubbers Producers didn't have to search very far to find its new managing director.
The Houston-based institute that advocates for the interests of SR producing firms and others affiliated to the industry chose as its new leader Juan Ramon Salinas. He has been based in Houston since 2001 for his job with Dynasol Elastomers S.A., the past seven years as worldwide commercial and marketing director.
Salinas took over the post July 1 from James McGraw, who retired after leading the IISRP since 1999. McGraw is working closely with Salinas during a three-month transition period and also is serving as an adviser to the group's Executive Committee for a year.
Dynasol was formed in 1999 as a joint venture between Repsol S.A. and Mexico's Grupo Kuo S.A.B. de C.V. (formerly Negromex). It makes SSBR, ESBR, SBS, SEBS and nitrile rubber.
Salinas has been in the rubber and plastics industry for more than 35 years, the past 17 years in rubber. He was with Negromex when the JV was formed and then was transferred to Dynasol.
Salinas vividly remembers his start day in Houston as Sept. 27, 2001. He was supposed to arrive in the city on Sept. 13, two days after the tragic events of 9-11. It was two weeks before the airports reopened and he finally was able to take over his position as logistics and customer service manager.
The new director of the IISRP has a technical background, but his career has spanned all areas of the rubber business. His degrees are in chemical engineering, with his career starting on the technical side in quality control. He then moved into plant operations, became a plant director and entered Dynasol in the technical service department for customers.
His career with Dynasol then moved more into the management and commercial areas, with much more dealings with customers worldwide.