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David Hawkins announced as Chair of Chemistry Australia

As the world’s leading chemical company, our social licence is key to enabling us to contribute both sustainably and economically to Australia for the long term. This is not only true for us at BASF, but also for the wider chemistry industry.


To support the continued progression of our industry, David Hawkins, Chairman and Managing Director of BASF Australia and New Zealand, has accepted the role of Chair of Chemistry Australia.


“As one of Australia’s largest manufacturing sectors, the chemistry value chain needs to be progressive in order to attract diverse talent and create new growth opportunities,” David said.

“We want to see the environment we operate within continue to support Australia’s rich history of world-class innovations into the future – this is vital for Australia to remain globally competitive and attractive for investment.


“I’m very optimistic about opportunities for the chemistry industry and look forward to working with Chemistry Australia, the Board and our membership to foster an environment that creates long-term, sustainable growth”.

Chemistry Australia CEO Samantha Read said she is delighted to welcome David to his new position as Chair of Chemistry Australia.

“As Chemistry Australia Chair, we look forward to David’s continued leadership as advocate for the Australian chemistry industry’s social licence and the sustainability of our sector.

“David is passionate about the industry’s role in developing innovative, science-based solutions to address global challenges like climate change and plastic waste.


“He is also a Male Champion of Change and actively involved in improving workforce diversity in the industrial manufacturing and transport sectors.


To read Chemistry Australia’s announcement, click here