CHICAGO — William H. Joyce, the top executive of Union Carbide Corp., received the Dan Fox Lifetime Achievement Award at the June 19 Plastics Hall of Fame banquet at NPE in Chicago.
Joyce, 61, is president and chief executive officer of Union Carbide, a $6 billion global manufacturer of chemicals and polymers.
The company, based in Danbury, Conn., was well-represented at the posh event at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Of the nine 1997 Plastics Hall of Fame inductees, three have strong ties to Carbide:
Frederick J. Karol is credited with leading Carbide's effort to develop the low-pressure Unipol process to make polyethylene and polypropylene. Karol is senior corporate fellow at Carbide.
Bruce Maddock, who died late last year, was a single-screw extrusion pioneer in a career than spanned several decades at Carbide.
James McGrath, now a polymer chemistry professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, worked at Carbide on the Unipol process, engineering thermoplastics, silicone copolymers and extruding and blow molding of polyolefins.
Joyce also helped commercialize Unipol, one of Carbide's key technologies, which is licensed worldwide today. President Clinton gave Joyce a National Medal of Technology in 1993 for his role in Unipol.
Joyce was keynote speaker at the Hall of Fame banquet at NPE, where he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was named after the late Daniel W. Fox, who invented Lexan polycarbonate and other engineering resins while working at GE Plastics. Fox died in 1989.
Joyce's own career at Union Carbide spans 40 years. He joined in 1957 as a product development engineer in Carbide's chemical facility in Bound Brook, N.J. He worked in a variety of technical, marketing and administrative posts in plastics before joining the corporate staff in 1968, as an administrative aid.
He was named product manager of Carbide's Chemicals and Plastics Group in 1971. Three years later, he became operations manager for high density polyethylene.
He was named director of polyolefins in 1976. A year later, when Carbide created a formal Polyolefins Division, he became director of planning, licensing and financial control, with responsibility for Unipol.
He became vice president of marketing and licensing in 1978. The next year, Carbide promoted him to vice president for licensing and technology for the Polyolefins Division.
In 1982, Carbide named Joyce president of the Silicones and Urethanes Intermediates Division.
He returned to the Polyolefins Division, as its president, in 1985.
After Carbide's restructuring in 1992, Joyce became executive vice president of the corporation, in charge of operations.
Joyce became a member of Carbide's board of directors in 1992. The board named him president and chief operating officer in 1993. He became chief executive officer in 1995, and chairman on Jan. 1, 1996.
At the last NPE, in 1994, Joyce won the Materials Manufacturers Award during the Hall of Fame dinner. This year, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Joyce also is member of the board of directors of the American Plastics Council and the Chemical Manufacturers Association, both based in Washington.
A native of Greensburg, Pa., he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He also has both a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate from New York University.