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14. May 2007

New Managing Director at Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH

New Managing Director at Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH

Dr. Thomas Oehmichen takes over management position at Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH

Dr. Thomas Oehmichen is Managing Director of Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH (ASK Chemicals), one of the five companies forming the group of Süd-Chemie AG for Foundry Products.

Oehmichen takes over from Dr. Axel Nissen who is retiring from the operative business. During the last decade under Axel Nissen’s management, Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest has grown into a leading producer of foundry chemicals.

Thomas Oehmichen studied chemistry at the University of Mainz/Germany, where he received his doctorate on polymer chemistry. He started his professional career at Chemetall as Technical Sales Manager Europe responsible for the distribution of adhesive products. After four years in this position, he became Production Manager at the Langelsheim facilities. Parallel to this he graduated with an MBA from Kollegg North Western University of Chicago and the WHU – Otto Bensheim School of Management in Koblenz/Germany.

After that Dr. Oehmichen worked for the management consulting firm AT Kearney as Manager in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry practice.

In 2003 he became Manager of the Strategic Department of Süd-Chemie Group. His latest responsibility here was that of Global Sourcing Manager. During this assignment he leveraged a restructuring programme for the company’s sourcing system.

The new Managing Director is determined to continue on ASK Chemicals’ strategic course towards a further strengthened position of the Group as a leading provider of services and solutions for the foundry industry.

Thomas Oehmichen explains his targets as follows: “We will strategically expand our broad-based range of products with a strong focus on the development of new eco-friendly and at the same time economic product systems. Already today we are the only manufacturer whose inorganic technology is used in large-series production. It is our goal to offer even more low toxicity systems, which are low in emissions and odours, as well as isophorene-free product lines.”

Oehmichen believes in the success of on-site presence of specialists covering a wide range of disciplines: “Being present at our clients’ foundries with a powerful and skilful team of technical experts has already been the key to the success of our company and the continued high growth rates of the past. We will continue and even intensify our clear focus on customers’ requirements.”

Thomas Oehmichen is 40 years old, married and has three children. 

About ASK Chemicals

Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH (ASK Chemicals), Hilden/Germany, specializes in the production of binders, hardeners and coatings for foundries. Within a “network of competence”, the company produces and sells on a worldwide basis innovative product systems for all manufacturing processes in a foundry – from core making, coating, moulding and mould assembly through to iron casting metallurgy.

Within the network of the Süd-Chemie group of companies specialized in foundry products, experts from different disciplines develop in close collaboration with the customers optimal solutions for intelligent and advanced production processes.

Besides ASK Chemicals, the Süd-Chemie Group for Foundry Products comprises the companies:

  • AS LÜNGEN Foundry Chemicals, Bendorf/Germany, manufacturers of risers, filters and release agents
  • WD-Giesserei-Technik, Fuldabrück/Germany, specialists in core making technology
  • SKW Giesserei, Unterneukirchen/Germany, suppliers of metallurgical products used in iron casting
  • Süd-Chemie, Moosburg/Germany, suppliers of bentonite and lustrous carbon additives


Ashland-Südchemie-Kernfest GmbH
Reisholzstraße 16-18

40721 Hilden/Germany

Fon +49. 211-71103-0
Fax +49. 211-71103-35

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