After earning a chemical engineering degree from Louisiana State University in 1986, Dave Witte joined Ethyl Corp. as a process design engineer in the research and development division and worked on the transfer of bromine technology from Dow Chemical. In 1989, he moved to Chevron's engineering technology department as a hydroprocessing engineer responsible for process engineering support for capital projects and technical service to Chevron owned and licensed hydrotreaters and hydrocrackers worldwide.
Dave returned to the chemical industry with Chevron Chemical's Aromatics Division in Kingwood, Texas, in 1992, where he provided process engineering and start-up support for the Pascagoula, Miss., Aromax and Philadelphia/Port Arthur cumene plants and successfully designed and patented a processing scheme currently used at the Pascagoula plant. Witte then moved to the chemicals and fibers intermediates marketing group to support implementation of Chevron's global benzene and paraxylene strategies in terms of technology and site selection, capital expenditures, and economic evaluation.
Witte joined CMAI in early 1996 as director of polyester & polyester raw materials, where he focuses on consulting and analysis of CMAI's ·Aromatics Market Report,Ã¶ the ·Global Polymers and Plastics Report,Ã¶ and associated ·World Xylenes/Terephthalates and Polyester Analyses.Ã¶ In that role, he has also supported numerous projects in the aromatics/polyester areas including market and competitive analysis, project financing, and development of business strategies for a number of companies along the polyester value chain.
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